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?
The thing that's even more amazing is that I have never seen a single e-cig vendor claim that e-cigs were intended to help in quitting nicotine. So they cheated to 'debunk' a non-myth that nobody actually held much of an opinion on in the first place. Even the inventor never said it would help you quit nicotine. It has always been explicitly about being able to continue using nicotine without the harm of smoking. It's the makers of the patches, gum, and inhaler that are making the wild claims.
I've seen a surprising array of organizations using similar tactics for inexplicable reasons, including the American Lung Association. The latter in spite of the very large number of people (some with medical tests to back it up) reporting breathing easier after switching.
Then to top it off, all the anti crowd conflating smoking with non-smoking nicotine use. It's actually hard to find studies that examine the risks of just nicotine. Many many others claim to be about nicotine but are actually about smoking.
Just to make it clear to everyone. I quit smoking years ago. I still use nicotine and have no intention of stopping at this time.
I do notice that while craving still happens if I don't vape for a while, it's urgency is much less than when I smoked. I have no idea if that would continue if I decided to quit or not.