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Electronic Cigarettes Could Surpass The Consumption Of Traditional Cigarettes


Quitting smoking frequently tops the list of New Year’s Resolutions. However, kicking the addictive habit isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially once withdrawal symptoms set in. According to the American Heart Association, nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest habits to break.

Nicotine is the addictive element of the cigarette. An average cigarette yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine. Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants that acts as a stimulant. This stimulant effect is the main factor responsible for the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking. In high amounts, nicotine poisoning can be fatal.

Research has found that tobacco manufacturers have surreptitiously increased the amount of nicotine in their products, incrementally over the years, because the business of tobacco is continued addiction.

If someone is unable or unwilling to go it cold turkey, the market is full of quitting smoking aids like pills, gums, and patches which promise to help hamper cravings. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have emerged in the market in recent years as the latest thing in the fight against smoking. Instead of igniting a cigarette and inhaling thousands of carcinogenic chemicals, the intent behind the e-cig is to inhale “e-smoke,” generated within an atomizer which transforms the “e-liquid,” laced with varying intensities of nicotine, into vapor.

People like to mimic the experience they have with a traditional cigarette. E-cigs often resemble the “real thing” in design. Companies attempt to recreate the look, heat, taste, smell, and feel of smoking tobacco. However, there are other types of “personal vaporizers” that vary in size, color, and style. Unlike regular cigarettes, smokers are often able to use their e-cigarettes in areas like restaurants and bars that have bans on regular smoking.

Ideally, the goal of the e-cig is to break free of both the physical and psychological traps of traditional smoking, by lessening exposure to other chemicals as well as gradually reducing the intensity of nicotine.


There has been controversy over the e-cig in regards to its effectiveness, health benefits, and if they are potentially being marketed in attempts to lure non-smokers to smoke vapor in lieu of taking up smoking, under the misperception that e-cigs are completely harmless. Currently, e-cigarette products are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the same way traditional tobacco products are. That will likely change in the near future.

“Big Tobacco” is a pejorative term applied to the tobacco industry, particularly to the “big three” tobacco corporations in the United States: Philip Morris/Altria, Reynolds American (RJR), and Lorillard. Big Tobacco has noticed the growing e-cigarette trend. As CNBC News reports, the electronic cigarette market brought in $400 million to $500 million in sales in 2012 and will “at least” double in 2013.

Bonnie Herzog, at Wells Fargo, projected that:

“We’re actually predicting that consumption of e-cigs could surpass consumption of traditional cigarettes in the next decade.”

The traditional tobacco industry giants are quickly moving into the manufacturing and sale of electronic cigarettes. Last year, Lorillard paid $135 million to buy Blu, and RJ Reynolds has plans to create its own product in house.


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10 Responses to “Electronic Cigarettes Could Surpass The Consumption Of Traditional Cigarettes”


    About 2 months ago we conducted a survey which found that over 90% of all e-cigarette users feel better and participants stated that friends & family support their switch!
    76% stated that their switch to e-cigs saves them money compared to the cost of traditional tobacco cigarettes.

    It will be very interesting to see what the FDA will do. Some regulations by the FDA won't hurt but I'm afraid that the loss of tax revenue will lead to a "tobacco product" categorization!

  2. Lesley Anna Lawless

    In the UK the use of ecigs is increasing by 500% a year at present but the EU wants to ban them unless they are sold as medicines with a medical licence. If it is possible to get one it will be several years before it is available and in the meantime vapers will return to tobacco and many will get sick and die.

  3. Genecigs

    Nicotine isn't the only addictive component in cigarettes. It's definitely an addictive substance but research by Arizona State Univeristy in 2009 discovered that tobacco manufacturers also add MAOIs, ammonia, and other chemicals to cigarettes to make them more addictive. By comparison, NRTs like nicotine gum and patches aren't nearly as addictive, and neither are electronic cigarettes.

  4. Mik R. Coleman-Dion

    Really idiotic graphic. Nicotine for me has not been all that addictive. I surmise it is the other chemicals in cigarettes that make them so habit forming. I have been tobacco free 2+ years thanks to the ecig and have never even wanted another cigarette since day 3 of using my first eGo kit. I was able to get off of 5 asthma meds and actually and be able to walk my dogs again. Ecigs can be life saving if only the people who continue to try and ban them would just do some research or read the studies that have been done. It's clear the Board's of Health, legislators and the EU don't care if we live or die by forcing ecigs to be banned.

  5. Jamie Lee

    Not a bad article. But one thing, if nicotine was the principle addictive component quitting with gum or patches, or e-cigs would have a 100% success rate. They don't even have near that number. Clearly nicotine and tobacco combustion are not equivilant in effect.

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