Electronic cigarettes may offer an alternative for smokers

Electronic cigarettes may offer an alternative for smokers

While electronic cigarettes may be a long-term alternative to the real thing for some smokers, Penn State College of Medicine researchers suggest medical providers should continue to encourage more traditional smoking cessation methods. The study found that 78 percent of long-term users were no longer using tobacco and planned on using their e-cig instead. Interestingly, only 8 percent were using the most widely marketed style of cigarette-shaped e-cigs. Most had learned that these do not deliver adequate nicotine and had used online forums and personal experience to find out which types of e-cigs deliver a satisfying effect capable of keeping them off real cigarettes, the researchers reported in a recent issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice. The researchers investigated this growing phenomenon through a survey of 104 long-term e-cigarette users. E-cigs typically consist of a cigarette-shaped device with a battery, a heating element and a cartridge containing propylene glycol and nicotine. Users puff on the mouthpiece to activate a circuit that heats the atomizer and produces a vapor. The users then inhale. Produced by C Roy Parker