2012-10-04 17:06:22 - Research shows that e-cigarettes are more likely to be used by smokers than non-smokers.
A recent survey on American smokers has concluded that electronic cigarettes are more likely to be used by smokers than non-smokers.
Researchers at the Schroeder Institute at the American Legacy Foundation looked at data that was collected from more than 6000 adults as part of two national surveys.
The results showed that 40% of American adults have heard of electronic cigarettes, a battery operated alternative to traditional smoking, and more than 70% of those asked said that they believed that they were less harmful than regular cigarettes.
Many people believe that electronic cigarettes are a healthy alternative to traditional tobacco smoking because electronic cigarettes contain no tar or other chemicals, and do not release any carbon monoxide like traditional cigarettes.
similarity is that they contain nicotine, the addictive chemical to smoking. This nicotine level can be adjusted to the user's preferences, and can be cut out completely with zero nicotine e-liquids.
The idea that the electronic cigarette is a healthier alternative to smoking is also rooted in the fact that the vapour, which is produced by the electronic cigarette, is harmless to inhale. This is unlike traditional cigarette smoke. Consequently, many people actually use the electronic smoking device indoors, without a risk of second-hand smoke.
The results of the research also showed that current smokers were more likely to have tried the electronic cigarette than non-smokers.
Jennifer Pearson, who was a research investigator in this particular study, commented on the possible reasons for this finding,"There could be various reasons for this, including that e-cigarettes are perceived as safer than regular cigarettes, are used as cessation devices, or are used to avoid smoke-free indoor air laws."
Another reason for the increased use of the electronic cigarette over normal cigarettes could be the cost savings. Many smokers have found it difficult to afford their regular nicotine habit, with the average pack of cigarettes costing around five pound. With talks of larger tax bills on nicotine products, more and more smokers are deciding to switch to the electronic cigarette as a cost-effective alternative.
After the initial price of the electronic cigarette kit, all that the smoker will need to pay for is the e-liquid which is required to run the device. The E liquid can be purchased online, and is a relatively small price. The e liquid bottle will last the equivalent of around 20 normal cigarettes, representing excellent value for money for the average smoker.
The findings of this American study could prove interesting for the UK. Many professionals in the vaping industry have already acknowledged similar findings within Britain.
The research by theSchroeder Institute at the American Legacy Foundation has now been published in the American Journal of Public health.