According to Kevin Hughes on The Telegraph, “the rise of the e cigarette has been verging on the meteoric – in 2013, sales rose 340 percent year on year, beating nicotine patches, lozenges and gum for the first time. While e-cigarettes are not necessarily pitched as aids to help smokers quit traditional tobacco, it’s clear they are being used as an alternative – sales totaled £ 193 million last year (up from £ 44 million in 2012)”.
The great increase in the sales show the rising popularity of e-cigarettes in our society today. However, as the idea of e-cigarettes is a relatively new device and idea, there are various controversial issues that arise from this topic. The main dispute is regarding the idea of whether or not the vapor coming from these e-cigarettes are harmful or not and whether e-cigarettes should be seen as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Though Kevin Hughes states that “e-cigarettes are not necessarily pitched as aids to help smokers quit traditional tobacco”, the fact that people are using this as an alternative to traditional cigarettes show the use of e-cigarette as a means to quit smoking. According to Steven Reinberg on WebMD News, a “study found that people who wanted to quit smoking were about 60 percent more likely to succeed if they used e-cigarettes compared to would-be quitters who tried an anti-smoking nicotine patch or gum”. Also Dr. Michael Siegel (professor of community health sciences at Boston University) states, “It appears, at least for some people, e-cigarettes are a viable method of quitting that looks comparable to, if not better than, traditional nicotine replacement therapy”. People are starting to recognize the need to quit and e-cigarettes are seen as the most effective method that has actually helped many people quit traditional smoking.
The growing popularity and demand for e-cigarette is undisputable as it is simply a trend that is taking place in our society today. The real question or controversy regarding this idea is whether it is actually safer than traditional cigarettes or not. Though there is a clashing of ideas, as there still needs to be more research done regarding this issue, vape still has high potential of being safer than traditional cigarettes. As Morgan Griffin states in WebMD, “so far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may be safer than regular cigarettes. The biggest danger from tobacco is the smoke, and e-cigarettes don’t burn. Tests show the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you’d get from a real cigarette”. With the growth of technology, e-cigarette industries have, according to Jason Koebler in his article The FDA Says E-cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Smoking, ‘“given an opportunity to make a serious dent in the death and disease toll, now that we can regulate these,’ Zeller said. ‘Let’s not lose our focus on what the primary cause is for those 480,000 avoidable deaths each year’…Zeller’s comments were some of the first that suggests the FDA sees vaping as inherently less harmful than smoking”.
E-cigarettes do not produce smoke that comes from burning tobacco like that of traditional cigarettes. Dennis Thompson, in Healthday, refers to “Thomas Kiklas, CFO of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association who states, “All constituents (of e-cigarettes) have been in the U.S. food supply for generations and all are approved by the EPA/FDA for human inhalation and us dermally. The e-cig has and is being used by millions of Americans; There have been billions and billions of uses without a single incidence of harm”.
Though there still needs to be more research done in this specific area, the use of vapor rather than smoke is seen as a safer alternative. With the continuously growing technology and rise of leading e-cigarette companies such as Innokin, we can hope for a safer and healthier society, one that is absent from smoke.