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posted by mrcoolbp on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the quitting-is-for-quitters dept.

GungnirSniper writes:

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?

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Kalkin on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:09AM

    by Kalkin (2747) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:09AM (#21342)

    Well said. Even though it isn't purely water vapor, as said above, second hand vapor exposure might give you as much nicotine as a potato but probably not as much as an eggplant.

    The main ingredient in the vaping juice is the same OSHA approved ingredient in theater smoke and the vapor is also approved for sanitizing air handling equipment in institutional settings.
    So actually, the main constituents of the vapor have been extensively studied and approved for use in public spaces and the workplace.

    Nicotine is not the part of tobacco that kills you, it is the part that keeps you coming back. Nicotine addiction without the combustion products is comparable to caffeine addiction medically.

    Who cares if e-cigs help you quit nicotine? Quitting the highly dangerous habit of huffing combustion products is massive harm reduction.
    Is vaping good for you? Of course not. Is it killing you? Probably not.

    I have been vaping for over 3 years now. After the first 120 days, I tried to smoke a cigar and almost threw up after burning about half an inch. I had to throw it away and hurriedly brush my teeth and wash my hands to lose the nausea. I was disappointed at first but rapidly became very pleased that I am now incapable of smoking burning tobacco.
    I wish I could permanently give up nicotine but I appear to be closer to Mark Twain; "Quitting smoking is easy, I have done it a thousand times".
    In lieu of quitting nicotine, I will happily settle for massive harm reduction.

    As for people smelling it in public places, my experience says that this smell is psychosomatic. I vape on airplanes and the folks around me never even know. Just hold the vapor in for 5 seconds and hardly any visible vapor is exhaled. Direct that downward and nobody ever knows.
    If you can smell it without knowing it is there you are probably dealing with a broken ecig.
    Anyway, end rant.

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