E-cigarette sales have been booming in the last few months, and these ‘hot’ products are sparking an even hotter debate. Whilst all sides agree that the traditional cigarette is toxin and tobacco fuelled bad news, there seems to be a few sticking points on the e-sticks that are still up for discussion.
Since their social arrival in the 1920s, cigarette usage and subsequent related health concerns and conditions have exploded over the decades – until just recently. With clear-cut regulation when it comes to marketing, restriction on smoking in public, as well as better more accessible health advice/information these rates have declined – even more so with the recent popularity of the e-cigarette. But are e-cigs driving users to the use of their tobacco laden cousins? Despite claims, researchers are finding that simply isn’t the case.
Health researchers in the USA have long stated that nicotine is not the largest preventable killer in the country – it is in fact the tar, toxins and chemicals that cause the health conditions. Recent research has shown that in isolation nicotine (the addictive element of cigarettes) is compared similarly to caffeine (though further research is currently being carried out to solidify these findings.)
With this research in mind, campaigners suggest that the link between e-cigarettes and a predicted rise in traditional cigarettes are largely unfounded, with smokers citing the e-cig option the ‘better’ option as they are more seen as more ‘organic’ and still provide a nicotine ‘fix’ that is necessary for their needs.
It is said that in the next decade the rise in e-cigarettes could eradicate the use of the traditional cigarettes completely, and with corporations such as Big Tobacco quickly jumping on the e-cig bandwagon -all signs point to that being a real concern for tobacco companies worldwide.
What will the future hold for e-cigarettes? Only time will tell, but all signs point that they are one device that are most definitely here to stay.