If you keep up with the news and research, you may have heard about the Harvard study claiming that one third of all e-cigarette users are nonsmokers. This data, if true, would of course detract from the many supposed benefits of switching to electronic cigarettes.
Well E Cigarette News believes that the conclusion of the Harvard study was unfairly biased against e-cigarettes. They say the researchers chose to report their findings in a negative way against electronic cigarettes that was not consistent with their own findings.
The statement that E Cigarette News believes is inconsistent is as follows:
“In conclusion, there has been rapid growth in ever and current electronic cigarette use over the past five years, although growth in current use slowed down from 2013 to 2014. Although smokers are most likely to use these products, almost a third of current users are nonsmokers, undermining potential public health benefits of cigarette smokers possibly switching to electronic cigarettes.”
A key finding in the study was that 20.7% of current electronic cigarette users used to be cigarette smokers. What was important in this study was how they divided the study groups. The two groups consisted of those who had quit smoking more than six years ago and those who had quit less than six years ago.
E Cigarette News makes the assumption that an individual who had quit smoking more than six years prior to using e-cigarettes would be a “negative outcome” (in the eyes of researchers), meaning they were drawn back to nicotine through electronic cigarettes; whereas those who had quit less than six years ago would represent smokers who had used e-cigs to transition from traditional smoking, which would be considered a positive outcome.
However, the Harvard study started on the assumption that all who began smoking electronic cigarettes were ex-smokers who were drawn back into nicotine use because of e-cigs. As the study itself shows, only 2.8% were distant smokers and 17.9% were smokers of less than six years.
Could this data not otherwise suggest that almost 18% of these individuals used e-cigs as a smoking alternative to their traditional cigarette habit? Instead, the conclusion of the study states that all 20.7% of these smokers were enticed back into nicotine due to e-cigarettes.
E-Cigarette News and other industry advocates are concerned that the anti-tobacco groups are using biased studies and research for form new legislation and public opinion. Their hopes are for people to put aside opinions and examine the real science behind e-cigarettes.
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