A small study done by The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at The University of California, San Francisco, "suggests that e-cigarettes don't actually help people to quit smoking." However, of the 949 smokers in the study, only 88 used e-cigarettes, causing the study's researchers to "admit that their findings should be viewed with some caution."
World Science reports "They also found that e-cigarette use was more commmon among women, younger adults and people with less education." Last year, the US Centers for Disease Control reported e-cigarette use more than doubled among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012. The lack of solid research, potential youth market, and abundance of caution have had anti-tobacco activists and researchers pushing for a ban on advertising of e-cigarettes.
NPR has a recently story about "vaping" (using e-cigarettes) indoors and in the workplace.
If you smoke, have you been able to cut back your smoking or quit thanks to electronic cigarettes? If you do not smoke, does it bother you that others use e-cigarettes indoors?
Well considering the advantages to vaping, it's at least better to have someone vaping than smoking regular cancer sticks. They should however be compared to other nicotine delivery alternatives like gum, patches, etc when trying to discuss if they are better or worse than X. When trying to quit you apparently need 3 things : motivation, support and a chemical/psychological surrogate (patches, candy, gum, chew toy, etc). Considering the sole "gadget" part, they are better than having a cigarette in the way that they smell better, are less messy, can be used to dose partially and I could keep going. I personnaly think that this debate only adds more fuel to the tax paying tobacco lobby who can only benefit from e-cig regulation.
Also, more FUD here [motherjones.com]