E-cigarettes: helpful quitting aid versus a risk for teens?

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July 2, 2013
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Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes) are battery-powered, cigarette-like devices that contain replaceable nicotine cartridges instead of tobacco.  E-cigarettes have been the subject of debate since they were first marketed in the US in 2007. While some hail e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to tobacco smoke, others fear they’ll make smoking seem artificially safe – especially for children and teens. 

A new study released last week has brought more attention to the e-cigarettes debate, finding that they may hold potential as a tool to help people quit smoking. The study followed smokers who had no intention of quitting over a one-year period. The smokers were given e-cigarettes with varying doses of nicotine. Thirteen percent of the smokers who received the highest doses of nicotine were no longer smoking tobacco at the end of the year.

We have asked adults across the US, in the National Poll on Children’s Health, for their opinions on the e-cigarettes debate. Nearly half of adults said they were very concerned that e-cigarettes may increase smoking among youth and 42% said they were very concerned that it is easy for minors to buy e-cigarettes.

Additionally, adults expressed widespread support for laws regulating e-cigarettes: 91% said manufacturers should be required to test e-cigarettes for safety and 81% said the sales of e-cigarettes to minors should be prohibited. Read the full report: For e-cigarettes, public supports health warnings & ban on sales to minors.

Where do you stand on the e-cigarettes debate? Does their potential as a smoking cessation tool outweigh concerns about children and teens using them to start smoking? Share your thoughts in the comments!


Submitted by Anonymous on

I see the potential for people being worried about e juice and children getting hooked. It's the same thing with regular cigarettes, where the manufacturers would use cartoons and mascots to appeal to children. People had the same worry with candy cigarettes when they first appeared.


Submitted by Candice Glass on

I agree with my friend who has commented above that people had the same worry with candy cigarettes too when they first appeared. But as far as I am concern I think e-cigarettes are a better option to quit smoking and it might help decreasing the number of smokers.

About adults being concerned that e-cigarettes may increase smoking among youth and become easily available to minors, I would say manufacturers should definately test e-cigarettes for safety and follow law regulating to e-cigarettes.

I also think that manufacturers should take care that no minor is able to buy e-cigrattes from them at all.

Submitted by Vince on
E cigs have propylene glycol, vegetable glycol, and nicotine if you want. They aren't more harmful than cigarettes regardless of the spin that the media gives it. Portable vaporizers are also a good option.

Submitted by Leanne Witt on

I have recently come to know that Virginia Commonwealth University has received $18.1 million federal grant to study the risk of electronic cigarettes and other modified and novelty tobacco products. I would really like to know what is the outcome of their study because honestly speaking I am a part boostedvapor.com that deals in E-Cigarettes and if we happen to get a chance to know about the study than we can try to reduce the risk of electronic cigarettes by working on our products and making them better so that it no longer remains a risk to someone and even adults do not have to worry about getting these products available to their children easily and they being harmed.

Submitted by Magnus on

Good read, thanks.

The debate on e-cigarettes is growing everyday it seems. The BBC had an interesting piece not long ago saying e-cigs are actually healthy, if you have a few minutes it's worth a watch HERE

I argue the biggest reason people need to stop smoking is the negative impact smoking has on their surroundings, in particular, children. If you want to poison yourself, that's one thing, but to poison people around you that doesn't have a choice, is unacceptable. What is your top reason for not smoking? Here's my top 10 list of why you should quit smoking.

All the best,


Submitted by John Axelsson on

of course it's possible to get hooked on e-cigarettes and that's because of the nicotine. That's nothing new. The question everybody have to ask themselves is which one of the two are healthiest and e-cigarettes will win that battle 10 times out of 10.

Submitted by V2 Pro Vape Pen on

I really like the idea of the vape pens but I do think some regulation might be in order for the manufacturing of the E-Liquid itself. My favorite vape pen for e-liqud and dry herbs is the the V2 Pro Series 3. Plus health wise, the vapes are really the lesser of two evils when compared to combustion/smoking tobacco. 


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