Although the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes are unknown, a
new survey finds people who use the devices think of them as a safer alternative
to tobacco and a means to break the smoking habit.
"This study really indicates people are using them specifically to try to
quit smoking or try to get off cigarettes. This dual-use idea is simply not a
tenable idea anymore," said Boston University's Dr Michael Siegel, who was not
involved in the new research.
"For the general public, they need to be better informed about what we know,
what we don't know, what the advantages to using them are and what the
disadvantages are," said Dawkins, who has received funding from e-cigarette
companies to attend conferences in the past.