The pro side of the vaping debate says that ecigs help in quitting smoking. The anti side says ecigs attract new addicts. This debate continues until now while the many lives remain at risk.

Smokers And People Have Minds Of Their Own

Despite the vaping critics’ insistence that ecigs attract new addicts and ecigs might have many adverse effects soon to be known, those who are currently smoking and already want to free themselves from the smoking doom are better off trying electronic cigarettes.

One of them is Paul Bennett, a recorder photographer. Bennett had been smoking tobacco ever since he was 14 years old. Five decades after, he decided to switch to ecigarettes. Since he has taken the first puff of electronic vapor three weeks ago, he has never again smoked even a single piece of cigarette.

While it might be too early to tell, Bennett is confident that vaping could finally enable him to drop the habit of smoking. He remarked that he bought the device without really thinking that he was going to stop smoking. He said that there were no promises that he has made, although it appears that this is the direction where he is heading.

Bennett used to smoke half ounce of tobacco in one day, but he now fixes his nicotine cravings through an electronic vaping device. Bennett is not like the other ecig users in a way that he never actually considered smoke cessation although family and friends have constantly bugged him to do so.

He admitted that smoking has been his habit and he thinks he lacks the willpower to quit. He became moody when he ran out of cigarettes before so he thought he already knew the outcome if he ever decided to quit. Nonetheless, he decided to switch to ecigs after h has started to feel the effects of his addiction.

Cigarette smoking is the known killer of 82,000 people every year just in England. Yet, many are still adamant in their doubt that ecigs are better alternatives. They deny that ecigs help in quitting.

From the research that was conducted by Dr. Lynne Hawkins and colleagues at the University of East London, results revealed that a great majority of subjects reported about using ecigs as means for quitting. Their findings were published on the Addiction journal showing that 75% of the respondents began vaping as full smoking alternative.

One of the most significant findings show that 86% of respondents confirmed of not having smoked any cigarette for a few weeks or months since they used ecigs. Most of them reported health improvements ever since using ecigarettes.

In a more recent survey in England, smokers using ecigs were reported to be more likely to quit smoking than when they are using traditional NRTs.

As for the health risks of ecigs, even advocates admit that the devices are not completely safe. Yet, they are undoubtedly far safer compared to traditional cigarettes that burn tobacco.

As for the effects of vapors on bystanders, there are no current evidences that ecigarette vapors are actually harming the onlookers, but this area requires relentless monitoring. This year, there has been an extensive study on ecig vapors that concluded risks of ecigs to users are very low and exposure to nearby people is much lower.

Ecig vapors expose the bystanders only to probable nicotine content, but this too is exaggerated. Smoking is a deadly habit not because of nicotine, but because of the tar, toxins and carcinogens emitted when cigarette is burned.

Ecigs For New Addicts

Opponents have always been insisting that the nicotine delivered by most ecigs will spawn a new generation of addicted youths. Community Links health project manager Frances Clarke said that she is concerned about the young people she sees using ecig and shisha pens in the street.

Her job involves speaking before the students to tell them of the dangers in smoking. She said that 80% of people who acquire lung cancer are people who smoke. She said that she is worried that ecigs will trap children to nicotine addiction and lead them later on to tobacco smoking. A person who does not smoke by 20 has very low probability of taking up the smoking habit.