Have you heard the term "dual use?" This refers to people who smoke cigarettes AND vape electronic cigarettes.
People wonder if e-cigs are an effective smoking cessation tool. Now as an ecig
manufacturer and retailer, we can't say that they are. If we were to say that, we'd have to be regulated as a drug under the FDA. Our products are an alternative to smoking, but we don't say "they will help you quit smoking." We leave that to the customers to find out for themselves.
Although not marketed as such, some people do use electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. Others use them simply as an alternative, a way to enjoy the hand-to-mouth motion of smoking, but without the smoke, smell, and tar.
Some people opposed to ecigs for whatever reason, say that ecigs create "dual users." They think that ecigs are harmful in some way and that by using both, a smoker is harming themselves even more than if they were just to smoke real cigs. They think dual use could result in people consuming more nicotine. Which is possible.
But here's the thing. It can take time to make the switch from smoking to vaping. The addiction to nicotine is so strong that some smokers have to slowly make the move. They'll smoke a cig in the morning, and then an hour later puff on an ecig for a bit. The next time they get the urge, they'll have a real one, and so on. If trading on and off works for you, then great! You have to do whatever you can to make the transition.
Addictive Behaviors published a study last year called A longitudinal study of electronic cigarette users
. The researchers said "We found electronic cigarette use had no deleterious (harmful) effects on smoking behaviour."
The study showed that for the most part, dual users cut down on the amount they smoke or totally quit. According to ECigarettedReviewed.com, the dual users tended to cut the amount of cigarettes they smoked and it didn't have a negative impact on their smoking behavior, and almost half of the smokers had completely quit smoking by the end of the study period. "There is still no evidence that dual use of e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes is anything but a positive move which reduces cigarette consumption."
Have you completely switched to ecigs, or are you a "dual user?" Let us know in the comment section below.