Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
Many electronic cigarette ‘devotees’ such as Oliver have held personal beliefs as to e-cigarettes having a hugely reduced risk profile when compared with smoking traditional cigarettes, ever since first using early versions of the product almost 5 years ago. It is only recently however that news of proper and meaningful medical studies are beginning to officially confirm the assumptions.
In September 2012, the American Journal of Public Health included an article titled E-Cigarette Awareness, Use, and Harm Perception in US Adults. The online study cited in the article shows that awareness and use of e-cigarettes among current and former smokers is on the rise. Over 40 percent of those taking the survey at least knew about e-cigarettes, with current smokers being the most aware. Over 11 percent of current smokers, 2 percent of former smokers, and less than 1 percent of people who have never been a smoker say they are using e-cigarettes. Of the total population that responded, just 3.4 percent currently use e-cigarettes.
Current smokers, non-Hispanic Whites, and people with at least a high school diploma are most likely to consider e-cigarettes as less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, despite their current status which bars them in the USA from being marketed as such. E-cigarette brands are not interested in attracting people who have never been smokers. Instead, they hope to get more existing smokers and former smokers to use their products. With such low percentages of e-cigarette users within those populations, they have a long way to go (though it has been speculated by industry analysts that their use may supplant traditional cigarettes within ten years).
Some smokers find that they are just unable to break the addiction to nicotine. Others enjoy the oral stimulation, and still others are concerned about potential weight gain. Nicotine quells the appetite, and often when a person quits smoking, they replace the habit by eating more. So e-cigarettes provide two advantages for those trying to quit smoking. The first is the prevention of intake of the bulk of deadly toxins (tar, carbon monoxide, etc), and the second is the circumvention of weight gain.
Often, when a person wants to quit smoking, the withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming, and they continually backslide into smoking again, according to WebMD, these symptoms can include, but are not limited to, tobacco cravings, headache, irritability, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, fatigue, and insomnia, nausea, and increased caloric intake.
Many smokers have found that e-cigarettes offer what Oliver refers to as a “middle way,” describing his own experiences. “I had smoked for over a decade, for much of that time very heavily. I tried quitting on several occasions and using traditional NRT products including nicotine gums and a prescription drug from my doctor; none of it was able to effectively combat ingrained habits and the intense cravings, and I never managed more than 2 weeks before returning to my cigarettes.”
The on again off again cycle that thousands of smokers attempting to quit most often experience can be disheartening, and it also illustrates what is known statistically, that currently accepted stop-smoking aids succeed a notably slim margin of the time, from 7%-15% roughly depending on a number of variables.
As an advocate for electronic smoking products, Oliver, together with Tyler Bullock founded the website ‘E Cig Cabin’ together with a Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/ECigCabin ) with a core aim to help raise awareness and cast light on what the two see very often in media headlines, which then become commonly held un-truths and assumptions about smoking vs ‘Vaping’.
Oliver goes on to explain in his article about E Cig Safety and Health why he thinks the topic is being treated in such a black and white, polarized way in the media. It is Oliver’s position that electronic cigarettes should be approached through a philosophy and framework of “harm reduction” – a necessarily pragmatic position involving some compromise from all sides.
“The future viability of e-cigarette products are at very real stake.,” states Oliver about his concerns. “The speed at which e cigs have risen in popularity and public acceptance has been dramatic, while media headlines seem to take one of two stances; that electronic cigarettes are a scary, dangerous menace to society or the equally oversimplified glorification of the devices as an outright cure for tobacco smoking, that they are completely safe and even possibly healthy to use.”
Oliver’s new article claims that the situation calls for a middle path of open-minded communication and not polarized views that each risk hurting the chance for electronic cigarettes to be fully understood and embraced by those who can benefit from their use, namely current smokers. Find out more at: http://enterthecabin.com/e-cigs-arent-100-safe-and-harmless/