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Electronic Cigarettes May Not Fight Addiction, Report Claims

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A new study states that electronic cigarettes may not be effective in fighting nicotine addiction.

A report recently released by the Italian Health Ministry states that there is currently no scientific proof that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. According to ABC News, the ministry explained that young people shouldn’t use the devices since they still deliver nicotine to the body.

Friday’s report remarked that electronic cigarettes were quickly becoming a dangerous “fashion gadget” among today’s youth. Since the device delivers nicotine to the body, the study claims they could pose a serious health risk to kids.

The National Health Institute’s Roberta Pacifici explained:

“We can say that the electronic cigarette is less toxic, but we cannot say that it is totally innocuous. We have to have a prudent approach towards this product as we know little about its worth in stopping people smoking or how toxic it is.”

According to Blisstree, the report explains that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking an actual cigarette. What worries researchers the most is that these devices prompt teenagers to switch to actual tobacco products at some point down the line.

Electronic cigarette manufacturers said that device’s sole purpose is to help those who are attempting to kick the habit.

Pacifici said she hopes more regulation into the sale of e-cigarettes will be considered by lawmakers. She explained to ABC News:

“Should its efficacy as a means to curb smoking be proven it should still be treated like all the other substitutive nicotine products like nicotine gum and band aids … as a medical device.”

Earlier this year, a report from the Tobacco Harm Reduction project explained that e-cigarettes might actually help smokers kick the habit. A press release from the Electronic Cigarette Hub stated that “thousands” had quit smoking thanks to devices.

Would you use an electronic cigarette to help battle smoking addiction?

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9 Responses to “Electronic Cigarettes May Not Fight Addiction, Report Claims”

  1. Owen Ecig

    The assumption of this article and referenced reports seems to be that e-cigarettes are meant to be used to quit nicotine and the addiction to nicotine. That is simply not true. E-Cigarettes contain nicotine and they are used to "quit" tobacco cigarettes. Big difference! A recently conducted survey shows that over 90% of e-cig users feel better and that their families support the switch.
    http://www.ecigarettes365.com/Survey-Effectiveness-of-Electronic-Cigarettes
    Further testimonials show that users of e-cigarettes feel like they "quit" because they no longer need tobacco cigarettes with thousands of carcinogens, tar, and bad odor.
    I personally don't think that teenagers will use ecigs as an entry point to real tobacco cigarettes. First of all it is not considered cool at all to smoke e-cigs and secondly the starter kit price of $60+ is too high for kids!

  2. eCigarettes365.com

    The assumption of this article and referenced reports seems to be that e-cigarettes are meant to be used to quit nicotine and the addiction to nicotine. That is simply not true. E-Cigarettes contain nicotine and they are used to "quit" tobacco cigarettes. Big difference! A recently conducted survey shows that over 90% of e-cig users feel better and that their families support the switch.
    http://www.ecigarettes365.com/Survey-Effectiveness-of-Electronic-Cigarettes
    Further testimonials show that users of e-cigarettes feel like they "quit" because they no longer need tobacco cigarettes with thousands of carcinogens, tar, and bad odor.
    I personally don't think that teenagers will use ecigs as an entry point to real tobacco cigarettes. First of all it is not considered cool at all to smoke e-cigs and secondly the starter kit price of $60+ is too high for kids!

  3. Mik R. Coleman-Dion

    This is false and honestly I don't know why you people even print articles when you don't do the research.
    As ecigarettes365 pointed out these were not invented to "quit nicotine" only to help you stop smoking which they do brilliantly! There have been no studies showing that ecigs are marketed to children even though extremist's like Roberta Pacifica keeps saying that, it doesn't make it true. There are many studies on ecigs to date including the effects of the vapor but apparently these folks advocating for their ban don't know how to read. The press is responsible for helping to put out all this misleading misinformation too instead of including a piece of research or talking to an actual user. Shameful!

  4. Jamie Lee

    Tripple blind study on efficacy underway this year, and should be finished by this year, so very soon people will no longer be able to make such silly claims, that it does not help to quite ciggies. Everyone with a clue knows that's not true. Plus smoking addiction is not nictoine addiction, its been _proven_ that nicotine is significantly less addictive without the other substances in tobacco. Oh, and regarding the medical device thing, that's silly, people use e-cigs as a recreational alternative to smoking mostly, and even those using gum use usually beyond 3 months, or indefinately. The point is to stop people dying, not push a just-say-no puritanical moral agenda – you cant have it both ways, either your getting people off the stinkies or your burying your head in the sand and pretending they ain't dying. If people are going to act like experts, they should really demonstrate some academic understanding of tobacco and of vaping.