Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Survey on E-Cigarettes Demonstrates Misconceptions about Their Harm

July
2012

 The first national survey on the use of e-cigarettes was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.  Surveys from two national studies of 6,000 participants revealed that inexperienced and younger tobacco users were more likely to have tried e-cigarettes.  The report states that over 70% of those surveyed held the misconception that e-cigarettes were safer than regular cigarettes.  It is suggested that until contributory research is completed and the unregulated manufacture of e-cigarettes is addressed, e-cigarette use should not be considered a safer alternative to regular cigarette use.