As of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration reported that there are 400 brands of e-cigarettes available. Because of this, it can be quite difficult to figure out which brand is the best. Take the next few minutes to get a better understanding of how e cigarettes were developed, how they have changed and how they work. This will help you get a better understanding of what type of product each company is offering so that you can make the best decision.
The Birth of Electronic Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes were first developed by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist who patented his idea in 2003. Although Lik patented the electronic cigarette and e liquid in 2003, the product was not introduced to the US and Europe markets until 2006. When first introduced many manufacturers of ecigs marketed their products as smoking cessation aids and technical wonders.
A Shift in Regulation
However, because these claims have not been supported for lack of research showing long-term findings, there were many restrictions placed on e cigs. Also, most manufacturers chose to market their products only as tobacco products, which allowed the government to regulate these products now. This changed occurred around 2010.
After this shift took place much more research has been done on electronic cigarettes and e liquid, or e juice as it is sometimes called. In fact, in a study published in the Februrary 2011 issue of American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers reported that electronic cigarettes “are a promising tool to help smokers quit.” The study also found that smokers who used ecigs had, on average, a six-month abstinence rate.
Another study published in the August 2011 issue of Addiction showed that smokers who switched to ecigs significantly decreased the number of cigarettes they consumed. However, despite this research electronic cigarettes can still not be marketed as smoking cessation aids, and if they are then they are subject to the FDA regulations that apply to health or medical devices.
Research & Advancement
The Journal of Public Health published an article in 2011 in which researchers found that tobacco-specific nitrosamines in e-cigarettes are much lower than those found in regular cigarettes and the amount in ecigs is comparable to the total amount found in the NicoDerm® CQ® patch. However, electronic cigarettes and e juice are still not accepted by the FDA as smoking cessation aids.
Thanks to the wealth of information provided by numerous clinical studies on the safety and efficacy of e cigarettes, as well as the support of advocates around the world, electronic cigarettes have become an accepted alternative to smoking, which is much safer and cleaner for not only the smoker but those around them. This acceptance however is not shared around the world. It is surprising that even with all of the scientific data that supports ecigs as a safe smoking alternative that actually decreases a person’s dependence on cigarettes, many countries still have bans on the sale of ecigs. It is the hope that in the near future the leaders of these countries realize and acknowledge the scientific proof and allow the sale and purchase of electronic cigarettes.
While opponents of e liquid and e cigarettes continue to spread falsehoods about smokeless cigarettes, which completely go against the documented research, advocacy groups are staging marches and festivals in support of this healthier alternative to smoking. Along with advocacy groups, many other companies continue to make sure the false misconceptions and untruths don’t keep Americans away from a less-toxic smoking alternative.
*Updated – January 2013