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?
A guy in my office just started "vaping." He is rather proud of the fact that he can do it at his desk. I have to agree with you, he is getting a lot more nicotine than he would if he had to stop and go outside to smoke. I can definitely smell it and I don't find it pleasant, and it could be my imagination but my mouse and keyboard seem like they have gotten a bit sticky since he started. If he starts going at it heavily, it does seem to tickle my asthma a bit.
On the other hand, my brother is using an e-cigarette to stop smoking. He's aggressively cutting the nicotine content of the "juice" stuff he uses, and he's also courteous enough not to start using it in front of others without their permission. I'll have to check in on him sometime and see how it's working.