According to an article in The Guardian, electronic cigarettes were the fastest growing item in terms of supermarket sales in the UK in 2014: “E-cigarettes were the fastest-growing product in British supermarkets last year as consumers shrugged off the controversy over vaping. Sales of electronic cigarettes – or vapourisers – across the largest grocers rose 49.5% in 2014, despite clamour from health groups to ban the devices.”
As I have repeatedly pointed out, there is absolutely no existing evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking among youth or that electronic cigarette experimentation is leading youth to a lifetime of addiction to nicotine. In fact, the only evidence to date suggests that among U.S. youth, electronic cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking and e-cigarette experimentation does not appear to lead to regular (greater than weekly) use, much less to a lifetime of addiction.
Without a shred of credible evidence, these nanny-naggers also claim that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking. The real world shows the opposite: Since the invention of e-cigarettes a few years ago, teenage smoking in the U.S. has fallen by half! Teenage use of vaporizers has kept teens from getting hooked on a truly lethal habit.
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