We all know that the electronic cigarette, have not been approved as a stop smoking product, but many e cigarette users know firsthand that they can be a huge help if a smoker chooses to use them as such.
However, a recent interview published by Fox News.com on November 07, 2013 about a study conducted by Jean-Francois Etter, leader of the study at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, did have some encouraging news about the subject. The researchers involved in the study posted a questionnaire on a French stop-smoking website and then asked sites selling e-cigarettes to link to the questionnaire.
Etter said, “Our results may not be generalizable to all vapers. We had a majority of ex-smokers at baseline whereas in the general population, most vapers are current smokers.” To read all of the details on exactly how the study was conducted, go to Fox News.com where we located the information pertaining to this study.
Although the entire article is very interesting and informative on the topic of smokers using e cigarettes to quit, and everything that Jean-Francois Etter said made perfect sense to me, what really caught my attention was a quote mentioned by professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, UK.
Although Hajek was not involved in the study, he reportedly stated that, “There are two products competing for smokers’ business,” Hajek said. “One kills half the users, the other one is at least an order of magnitude safer,” he said. “It makes little sense to try to cripple the safer one so the deadly one maintains the market monopoly.”
The statement he made is what e cigarette advocates have been trying to say all along! Why do anti-smoking groups and organizations like the FDA bend over backwards to make the progression of electronic cigarettes so difficult when tobacco itself has not and apparently will not ever be banned?