CDCIt appears that the United States Centre for Disease Control has begun to lend its considerable weight behind the benefits of e-cigarette, potentially igniting e-cigarette sales and support for switching even further.

Once vehemently opposed to electronic cigarettes, the CDC has published a report suggesting its initial ‘gate-way’ hypothesis may be incorrect.  

Building on research by the National Public Institutes in 2014 which found that almost all e-cigarette users are current or former smokers. CDC's own study of adults who use electronic cigarettes found that while 12.6% of Americans have tried an e-cigarette in the past, only 3.4% of non-smokers have tried one, and additionally just 0.4% of people who never smoked a combustible cigarette have used an e-cig. This counters the CDC’s initial assessment and basis for their opposition to e-cigarettes, of e-cig's acting as a "gateway" to introduce people to smoking.

However, the CDC’s most pertinent findings are regarding those who actually use or have used electronic cigarettes:

- 47.6% of current smokers had tried electronic cigarettes

- 55.4% of smokers who had quit tobacco had used e-cigs

This demonstrates that e-cigarettes are proving effective in helping smokers reduce their cigarette use, or supporting them in quitting altogether.

Several other recent US studies back these findings up, with the American Association of Public Health Physicians, recently concluding that e-cigarettes could "save the lives of 4 million of the 8 million current adult American smokers," whilst the influential journal The Lancet published a study that indicated e-cigs were as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit.

Although Gamucci is simply an electronic alternative to tobacco cigarettes, these reports do demonstrate the increasing support for electronic cigarettes.

However, it still rather alarming that over 50% of smokers in the United States have not tried e-cigarettes. As we previously mentioned on the Gamucci news page, this may be caused by unsubstantiated claims regarding the dangers of nicotine.

22% of smokers compared with 8% two years ago according to Public Health Egland falsely believe e-cigarettes to be equally or more harmful than tobacco; and this is why reports like the CDC’s which shows the effectiveness of e-cigarettes or Public Health England’s, which concluded that e-cigarettes are least 95% less harmful than tobacco - are so important, as without demonstrating the huge differences between tobacco and the electronic alternative, the other 50% of the population who have not tried e-cigarettes may never do so.

So let us know what you think, are you a former or current smokers who’s switched to e-cigarettes? Tell us your story in the comments – or at the usual places, Facebook / Twitter