Electronic Cigarettes have become popular over the last several years with consumers. Some users are switching from traditional tobacco products as a potential benefit to their health and well-being. Others are using the devices, so they can smoke safely in public places that have since banned smoking.
Although some consumers have reported things such as accidental nicotine poisoning, and small burns from the products heating element, reviews have been very positive. Some consumers are questioning the safety of the product, and some question whether there is any real benefit. Government organizations would like to see more testing on the product’s safety and have the product regulated so that it’s not available to minors.
One of the main bones of contention between electronic cigarette manufacturers, consumers, and various governments around the world, is the claim that the product can help with smoking cessation. Several consumers see electronic cigarettes as a benefit to their health, since they’re no longer inhaling the dangerous chemicals found in tobacco products. Many governments claim that this isn’t true, and are trying to dissuade consumers from using the product until it can be safely regulated.
Currently there is a battle going on between e cig makers and various governments who want to ban the product. This is also upsetting a number of consumers who enjoy the product. The claim electronic cigarette manufacturers are making is that the government wants to restrict their ability to sell the product by regulating them, as most governments currently do with traditional tobacco products, and other non-tobacco nicotine containing products.
However, rather than scaring consumers the battle is actually causing people to take more interest in the product. Despite government warnings, use of electronic cigarettes is on the rise, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. Usage in the United States has risen about 10% among young people and by about 4.3% among adults.
Some consumers have stated that electronic cigarettes have helped them with their smoking cessation and they no longer use tobacco or non-tobacco nicotine containing products. Another group of consumers have stated that they still use tobacco products along with the electronic cigarette, and others report that they now only use the e-cigarette. Concern is mounting over the growing use of e-cigarettes among young people, however and this could be part of the clamoring for government regulation of the product.
The American Association of Public Health Physicians have added electronic cigarettes to their list of approved methods to help smokers improve their health. They’ve stated that for people who cannot give up tobacco smoking through other types of cessation, such as pharmaceuticals, medical treatment, or gums or patches, should consider using electronic cigarettes as an alternative. On the other hand, The World Health Organization has stated that consumers should not use electronic cigarettes until it has been proven safe by a nationally recognized, reputable organization.
In the United States, the Government’s smoking cessation web site claims that electronic cigarettes do not help users quit smoking despite several claims to the contrary by consumers. The British Medical Association does not seem as concerned about the claims of smoking cessation one way or the other. They’ve stated that they would only like to see more regulation of the product, like those that regulate other non-tobacco nicotine containing products, such as patches and gums.
Consumer reviews of electronic cigarettes seem relatively positive with some claiming that it has helped them quit tobacco products, while another side claims it hasn’t helped them. Governments and organizations feel the product needs to be proven safe, and regulated so that it can’t be sold to minors. It will take many years to work out how safe electronic cigarettes are and how they’re regulated, but their popularity with consumers is currently on the rise.