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?
I've tried to quit many times before, but the e-cig is the only thing that has allowed me to not smoke a real cigarette for 6 months.
I've worked myself down to a low nicotine concentration, and I still miss smoking quite a bit and have been tempted about a dozen times, but the mechanical aspects of using the e-cigarette (puffing, blowing "smoke") are just enough to get me past the craving.
I realize that the safety has not been sufficiently studied, but I can't see how it could be even *as* hazardous as smoking.
In the end, I would recommend it to stop smoking cigarettes, but I agree that I don't think I could drop the e-cigarette, so it's more a replacement than a complete cessation tool. For me, that's enough.
Just going to add my anecdotal experience to yours. I have been vaping for just shy of 2 months, I have broken down once but I'm hoping this is a singular blip.
I had my first cigarette when I was 12, and occasionally/socially smoked until I got a job in a pub (UK before smoking ban). As I started working in the place I normally associated with smoking all the time I started really smoking. I was smoking around 50g of tobacco a week at the high point. That was 7 years ago. About 3 years ago I made my only serious attempt to quit and lasted about 3 month (first month on NRT including gum and pills). I then went though an extremely traumatic event which got me back smoking again. I really hated going though the quitting stage and honestly did not feel better for it (although maybe 3 months just isn't enough).
I started vaping almost 2 months ago and I am finding the process much easier than quitting. There is a difference, I am going into the situation with a different mindset. This time I am transferring to a cheaper (primary concern) and healthier (not the objective but I do seem to be feeling a bit better, and have shaken my persistent cough).
Since I started I have smoked ~15g of tobacco and a pack of 20 cigarettes (This was due to me messing up and running out of tabs the day before a tab delivery came). Even though I still prefer fags the pack lasted me almost a week(With vaping as well).
One major difference between this transference and my previous attempts to quit. This time I am not filled with dread at the prospect of never having another rollie. Admittedly I now feel I need to vape or smoke but I have never tried an NRT that could be a real substitute before.
At my current rate (which I hope will slow) I will break even at the beginning of next month as there was a start up cost involved (this includes the cost of my lapse). If I had been smoking straights the time would be about half (I have little data on how many straights I smoked over an extended period, so I can't make as good an estimate of cost). As the primary driver was to reduce cost vaping looks to be successful.
As for the public aspect of vaping, I try to only vape in places I would smoke, the only exception is my room. I hated the smell of stale smoke in the morning and spending to long in a smokey room stopped me sleeping well. Vaping does not seem to have these issues. I guess any thing that is exhaled must settle/disperse to negligable concentration more quickly.