E-Cigarettes and the Rise of the Vapers
In the hope of quitting smoking last year, an estimated 700,000 people in Britain turned to electronic cigarettes, which allow users to replicate smoking behaviour without the use of tobacco smoke.
With that figure expected to rise to 1.3m in 2013 and e-cigarettes predicted to outsell conventional cigarettes within the next decade in the US, e-smoke is big business. Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame is one of its most recent financial backers.
With worldwide domination on the cards then, isn’t it about time we found out about any long-term effects?
‘Nothing in life is risk-free,’ said Robert West, professor of health psychology and director of tobacco studies at University College London. ‘I would always recommend smokers to use products that have proven effectiveness and e-cigarettes have not been tested in clinical trials. However, if smokers want to try them I would say “go for it”.
‘If users stick to popular brands and use e-cigarettes sensibly I would say that the risk is negligible and compared with smoking, there is no contest. They are at least a 100 times less hazardous than cigarettes and they do not expose users to tar and carbon monoxide in the doses received.’