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

More People are Smoking E-cigarettes, But as a Quitting Tool

March
2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported an increase in electronic cigarette awareness among adults, with 60% of people surveyed reporting awareness in 2011 as compared to 40% in 2010.  Recent research has also demonstrated that current smokers are more likely to use electronic cigarettes along with their regular cigarette usage compared to former or non-smokers.  Statistics show approximately 21% of adult smokers used e-cigarettes in 2011, which was an 11% increase from the previous year.  This combination could possibly increase the total amount of nicotine consumed per day.  According to researchers, electronic cigarettes are a convenient way for current smokers to continue to sustain nicotine addictions when unable to smoke cigarettes.  The Food and Drug Administration has not officially recommended electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. More research is still needed to fully evaluate the health effects of the electronic cigarettes.  For more on this report of e-cigarette use as a tool for quitting smoking, visit the link below.