An analysis of all the research that has been done to date on the health benefits and harms of e-cigarettes as well as the additional harms of creating new smokers or causing present smokers to continue the habit has found the benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh the known harms at present. An international team of leading tobacco researchers led by Queen Mary University of London Professor Peter Hajek conducted the review of the evidence. The research was published in the July 30, 2014, edition of the journal Addiction.
E-cigarettes were first developed in China in 2003 and have developed a world market. The design of all e-cigarettes is basically the same. A multitude of flavors and styles are available. The product is one of the fastest growing products in the word at present.
The researchers note that the benefits of e-cigarettes include a safer way to ingest nicotine, no smoke damage to other people, and a potential for use as a smoking cessation therapy. They also point out that e-cigarettes may prevent potential quitters from ceasing smoking, may attract younger people to use e-cigarettes illegally, and have unknown long term health consequences. No competent research has shown any health problems caused by e-cigarettes.
The group does not recommend that government tax e-cigarettes at a higher rate or place any extra constraint on e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. The group suggests that physicians should include e-cigarettes as a viable method of quitting smoking. E-cigarettes are considered safer than regular cigarettes.
USA Today reported that e-cigarette sales in the United States jumped from 50,000 in 2008 to 3.5 million in 2012. The United States government does not support nicotine cessation with e-cigarettes. The World Health Organization also claims no nicotine cessation can be supported from e-cigarette research.
The United States government and state governments are busily attempting to regulate e-cigarettes. If one looks carefully they may find that legislators from tobacco growing states are the most vigorous opponents of e-cigarettes. Almost 52 percent of smokers are reported to use e-cigarettes now according to the journal Lancet. It has to hurt the tax base when a state’s largest industry drops 52 percent of its income in less than a decade.