For general community, this could be yet another option to help their loved ones quit smoking...
Currently there are several options available for people interested in smoking cessation- tablets, capsules, patches, mouth dissolve films, chewing gums etc...Yet another such option is E-cigarette !
According to recent news article published today in South China Morning Post World, and I quote herein, few paragraphs from what is published there-
"Taking a drag from an e-cigarette may be just as safe and effective as slapping on a nicotine patch for smokers struggling to quit, according to the first physician-run trial to compare the products. About one in 20 people who used either patches or e-cigarettes quit completely six months after the test started, according to research published yesterday in The Lancet.
Meanwhile, users of electronic cigarettes - battery-powered devices that deliver vaporized nicotine - were more likely to have halved their use of the real thing, even if they did not manage to quit entirely. The 657-person trial was not big enough to draw definite conclusions about whether e-cigarettes were better than nicotine patches, researchers said.
E-cigarettes have taken Europe and the US by storm. In France, there are more than 1 million regular users, according to a
government-commissioned report published in May. Sales worldwide will probably approach US$2 billion by the
end of this year and top US$10 billion by 2017, according to a forecast by Wells Fargo & Co.
Nicotine e-cigarette users who quit took more than twice as long as patch users to relapse - an average of 35 days."
Additionally, French, British and New Zealand governments have advised their FDA to investigate more about these devices and their merits / demerits.