Since the e-cigarette’s introduction in 2006, it’s been creating headaches for medical personnel and workplace policy makers. Although consumers have hailed the product as a “safer” option that can replace traditional tobacco cigarettes, the jury is still out as to whether or not e-cigs are a safe alternative and where they should fit in a tobacco cessation program.
Anecdotal evidence abounds – it seems like everyone has a sister-in-law or second cousin or friend of a friend who has quit smoking using e-cigs and swears they feel like a whole new person – but at this point, there simply haven’t been any scientific studies to back this idea up. Healthcare professionals are also concerned that e-cigs may pose a whole new set of health risks that we aren’t aware of yet. After all, it wasn’t until just a few decades ago that science came to understand the immense harm that tobacco causes.