Most e-cigarette users are existing and reformed smokers, debunking another myth < Go Back

We’re sure you are aware of the common debate among professionals as well as other non-professionals in regards to whether e-cigarettes help people give up regular cigarettes or if they are a new gateway to their tobacco counterparts.

There was, until now, little concrete evidence in place to back up either case. However, a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might just have helped us to clear up any discrepancies.

The CDC state that almost 48 per cent of present tobacco smokers said they had tried e-cigarettes, at least once before. Amongst those who had, in recent times, been successful in their cessation of smoking, more than 55 per cent declared that they’d tried an e-cig device.

The survey was conducted using in excess of 36,000 adults in the United States, and has marked the first time in depth federal data in regards to e-cigarettes has come to be available. The data sets were collated as part of the National Health Interview Survey in the US which is in running with a continuing survey of a range of health issues.

In a boost to news that shows electronic cigarette starter kits are helping people to overcome their addiction, results found that among those still using the devices when surveyed, 22 percent said they had recently quit, while nearly 16 percent said they were still smoking tobacco cigarettes.

The study also revealed the devices are predominantly popular among young adults, aged between 18 and 24. This could be down to the fact that they are more open to new technologies and are not as highly addicted as the older generations. Additionally, the study found that nearly 22 percent of adults who said they’d tried an e-cigarette fell into that age group.