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?
So I quit smoking 9 months ago and a friend also quit the same week. A major difference between how we quit was I used nicotine lozenges for 3 months, he used e-cigs and reduced the amount of nicotine. Today I'm still nicotine free while he started smoking regular cigarettes again.
I'm guessing that part of the issues of trying to quit using e-cigs is that you never have to find a way to deal with the oral fixation that cigarettes provide.
I did notice a couple of things about e-cigs though:1. Even when I was smoking, if someone had an e-cig inside, like a theater, then I would smell it.2. There is a smell, it's not as disgusting as cigarettes smell, but there is still a smell. Yes, I reeked while I smoked cigarettes and I knew it.3. There are "flavors" for e-cigs. This is just another way to hook people to nicotine.
You totally lost it with your last comment, as I mean, most of the lozenges are flavored so your point just goes boom. Just to be clear, the flavors are not about hooking people on nicotine, that is just something people say and others pick up to instill fear (they are after your kids!). Nicotine straight can be bitter and peppery, not very tasty. The flavors are because it helps with variety and there's no reason not to have them. There is no "tobacco" flavor for ecigs that's real, they just try to create something close, and could make you wish you had the real thing. There is a whole ritual to lighting up a cig, watching it burn down, etc. You do still miss the whole lighting up for awhile, but variety can help keep you away from it.
You're right on the lozenge flavor. Though I found the experience of having it on my tongue just horrible. I'm guessing but would think those trying to quit chew would not have the same issue I did with the lozenges.