Number of Vapers on the Rise
The CDC – Centres for Disease Control conducted a countrywide survey according to which the number of people who use electronic cigarettes is rising. The study also revealed that an increasing number of cigarette smokers are using the modern devices to quit their socially unaccepted habit. However, there is barely any rise in the number of non-smokers who try e-cigarettes, suggesting that the revolutionary devices are a promising part of UK’s strategy to reduce the number of smokers and eventually help them quit smoking.
According to the study, the number of smokers who made the transition to vaping rose to 21.2 percent in 2011, from 9.8 per cent in 2010. The number of former smokers who had switched to electronic cigarettes also went up from 2.5 per cent to 7.4 per cent. However, the use of e-cigarettes among people who never smoked before remained stable at 1.3 percent.
Concerns of the CDC
The Director of CDC, Tom Frieden, stated to the press that the use of e-cigarettes is growing at a rapid rate. There remains a lot of uncovered information about these devices, including discussions on whether the use of conventional cigarettes will rise or decrease, he added. Dr. Tim McAfee, another Director of CDC, said that if a good number of smokers start using e-cigarettes as well as traditional cigarettes – instead of using the electronic versions to quit the traditional ones – the general effect on public health may be negative.
Despite the concerns of the CDC regarding the youth and their use of e-cigarettes to initiate cigarette smoking, there is currently no evidence to suggest that the youth is actually using these products to get the habit kick-started. This study revolves around the growth of the e-cigarette industry, and the rising awareness among people due to the marketing and publicity of e-cigarettes. The fact that there has not been an increase in the number of adult non-smokers, who have begun vaping, is an indicator that e-cigarettes are not being used as products for the initiation of cigarette smoking.
Although the CDC isn’t quite sure about the impact e-cigarettes will have on the market, many experts say that these products will go a long way into helping people quit their age-old habit of smoking. E-cigarettes certainly have the potential to go way ahead of nicotine gums and patches as smoking cessation tools.