Do Electronic Cigarettes Promote Smoking?

There are a lot of people who are concerned about whether or not electronic cigarettes will actually lead to the use of traditional cigarettes.  This comes from the fact that the vapor found in the electronic cigarette is nicotine based, which is the same addictive substance that is found in traditional cigarettes.

Concerns about Electronic Cigarettes

The concerns about electronic cigarettes are not limited to the use of tobacco-based products.  The lack of regulations in relation to the electronic cigarette allows them to be bought by anyone of any age.  This has led many people to wonder if the use of electronic cigarettes will be a gateway to young adults taking up smoking because of the ease of obtaining it.

This concern was increased when a report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention stated that electronic cigarettes should be viewed with caution.  The report also stated that the electronic cigarette could lead to the use of conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products.


A recent study has been done that moves against the report that has been released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  In this study 1300 college students, with an average age of 19, were interviewed.  The overall consensus of the group was that the use of electronic cigarettes did not prove to be a gateway to anything.

There were 43 students who stated that their first introduction to nicotine was the electronic cigarette.  However, of these 43 students only one had gone on to try other tobacco-based products.  This would show that the use of electronic cigarettes is not a gateway to other tobacco-related products.

This study is still new and is subject to peer review.  This means that the results cannot be taken as concrete evidence yet.  There are likely to be other studies done to either confirm or counter the results that have been found in this study.

Other Risks

There are a number of other risks that come with electronic cigarettes which has raised concern.  There are other tests and trials that are being done to confirm what the long-term effects will be of the use of electronic cigarettes.  The lack of regulation in manufacturing can also lead to other chemical ingredients being used in the production process.

As there is little solid evidence on what the long-term risks are you have to ensure that you are getting the best electronic cigarettes on the market.  You also have to ensure that you know what is going into the e-liquid that you are using.  There are some studies that have found certain brands to use chemicals that could be harmful to you.

The debate about whether or not electronic cigarettes are safe is still far from over.  It is only through the trials and tests that we will be able to understand the risks and effects that these devices have.  However, as this is still pending, it is personal preference as to whether or not you are willing to take the risks.