Updated on 1 August 2014
E-cigarettes is already a $2bn industry in the US
Singapore: Though still in its nascent stage, E-cigarettes have managed to generate enough smoke world wide. A study conducted by an international team of scientists recommends e-cigarettes over conventional ones. They explain that e-cigarettes are less harmful and highly capable of providing the same pleasures, while reducing health risks.
E-cigarettes are gaining popularity worldwide as two million people in UK have switched to them. Instead of inhaling tobacco smoke, e-cigarette users breathe in vaporized liquid nicotine, thus lowering the harmful effects of tobacco.
In the journal Addiction, researchers suggest that e-cigarettes should face less stringent regulations than tobacco, in the interest of public health, as they were found to be relatively less harmful than tobacco. Scientists also added that risks to users and passive bystanders are far less than those posed by cigarette smoke.
Scientists also indicate that switching to e-cigarettes can help tobacco smokers quit or reduce cigarette consumption.
Few health experts however feel that speculations have been made without concrete evidence and substantial studies. Around 129 health experts recently wrote to the World Health Organization, that they were extremely worried given the serious concerns that remain about the safety, the absence of evidence that they help smokers quit, and the way they are being exploited by the tobacco industry to target children.
The World Health Organization has discouraged the use of e-cigarettes and are considering policies to restrict their sales, advertising and use.