To fight concerns that e-cigarettes act as a doorway to tobacco addiction, the Office for National Statistics provides us with the facts. These fears are proven wrong when the ONS state that, 0.14% of e-cigarette users have never smoked the real thing prior to the use of the small device. These statistics show that those who use e-cigarettes are almost entirely current or former smokers.
E-cigarettes were introduced mainly to help those who wished to quit smoking or reduce their habit, which is evidentially going well. In 1974, 46% of the adult proportion smoked cigarettes. This has plummeted to 19% in the recent years. “Balanced and effective regulation of e-cigarettes will help manage the risks and maximise the potential for these products to replace smoking”, says Prof Kevin Fenton from Public Health England. Furthermore, one the UK’s leading experts in the field states, “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking”. These predictions are providing a positive outlook on the product.
There is potential with the introduction of the e-cigarette, with fewer people taking up smoking and some quitting the habit all together. In addition, the device could introduce potential growth to the industry as Dr John Middleton, from the UK Faculty of Public Health suggests, “E-cigarettes could create a new generation of customers for the tobacco industry”.
Of course e-cigarettes should be safe, which is the reason the majority of people take up vaping; this is what breathing the water vapour from the little device is called. The purpose is for users to experience the sensation of smoking, by inhaling a vapour which contains a concentration of nicotine. The word ‘vape’, meaning: inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device has been named Word of the Year in 2014 for Oxford Dictionaries.