For years it seemed that everything the CDC released regarding the electronic cigarette / vaping industry could be seen as evidence supporting the anti-tobacco movement. There had always been a notion that electronic cigarettes are “gateway” drugs and opening the door to non-smokers to start using tobacco products.
But in a new study released by the CDC, which is talked about here on the Motley Fool, it may be time to put that notion to rest. According to the study, only 3.4% of non-smokers have ever tried an e-cig. Furthermore, a mere 0.4% of people who have never smoked a combustible (traditional/analog) cigarette currently use e-cigarettes.
Safe to say that e-cigs are not introducing tobacco to non-smokers, and rather they are dominantly (almost entirely) used by current or former smokers, and most often as a means to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
As stated in the Motley Fool article:
“Its biggest findings revolve around those who actually do partake in e-cigs:
- 47.6% of current smokers had tried e-cigs
- 55.4% of smokers who had quit had used e-cigs
What that shows is that people who smoke are using electronic cigarettes to try and quit. If healthcare advocates are really looking to cut down the incidence of smoking, they should be applauding the role e-cigs could play in achieving that.”
With sales of e-cigarettes and vaporizers slowing down, this could just be the boost that the industry needs by dispelling myths about these kinds of products, like the ones you can read about on this page. It’s refreshing to see this kind of news from the CDC, as I mentioned before everything they previously reported seemed to be against the industry. Hopefully this leads to further good news.