Sales of electronic cigarettes rise, and so does criticism

Jan 02, 2011 by Marie-Noelle Blessig

Makers of electronic cigarettes are reporting strong growth in sales as anti-tobacco laws force European smokers into the cold streets, but campaigners say the device is undercutting health efforts.

Spain joined Sunday the ranks of countries that have outlawed in enclosed public space after a wave of similar legislation across Europe.

For the makers of electronic cigarettes, which simulate the sensation of a cigarette and can contain , the traditionally heavy smoking nation marks a potentially lucrative market for their much-criticised product.

"We have seen sales grow by 30 percent each year since 2007 when we launched our product," said a spokesman for EdSylver, one of the leading manufacturers of the product invented in China in 2004.

Manufacturers such as EdSylver say the plastic cigarette is not harmful for the smoker or people around them, but this claim is rejected by health experts.

At a World Health Organisation conference in Uruguay in November, one of its leading anti-tobacco experts Eduardo Bianco said "sabotaged smoking prevention efforts", which were designed to encourage people to quit.

The plastic cigarettes function as mini , releasing artificial smoke with or without nicotine.

"I am very happy with it, I want to repeat the feeling of smoking, without the harm of nicotine," said one Parisian user.

Professor Yves Martinet, head of the French National Committee Against Tobacco, said the electronic cigarette was a rip-off.

"This product offers no medical support for quitting smoking, there are some countries that have banned it," he said.

"For the moment, this product has not been evaluated in a scientific way," he said.

The French national office for smoking prevention said the purpose of the electronic cigarette was "ambiguous", and condemned its sale in pharmacies.

The office said the products were presented by manufacturers both as "an aid to quitting and a product which would allow smoking in enclosed spaces."

Tobacco sellers meanwhile reject manufacturers' claims that sales of the device are taking off.

"It doesn't sell at all, some of our members still have stocks from last year," said Gerard Bohelay, the head of an association of retailers in the French capital.

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corymp
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 02, 2011
I use one from Revolvercig.com and absolutely LOVE it. They are us based and I'm in Canada. I've ordered 40 kits in the last 2 months and sold them all. 30 of them I know personally have quit smoking right away. I've been smoking it for 3 months now and I feel much better. I don't care what people say, these are a life saver
Pratyeka
4 / 5 (4) Jan 02, 2011
Go ahead, continue being a slave and throwing your money away...
WirelessPhil
3 / 5 (2) Jan 02, 2011
The commercial was on TV the other night and if you pay attention it states: No Tar and No Nicotine.
Its the nicotine that hooks you and if the product doesn't have it, whats he point?
Might as well chew on a tree branch.
Shootist
1 / 5 (2) Jan 02, 2011
Forget liberal and conservative, progressive or republican, there are two kinds of people in the world, those that wish to control others and those with no such desire.

Which are you?
Quantum_Conundrum
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 02, 2011
Wow. It's obvious people really, really want to get cancer and die young, and take a few others with them.

Moreover, if they can't be brainwashed or drugged by one group through one form of addiction, they are more than eager to be enslaved by another.
Shootist
1 / 5 (4) Jan 02, 2011
Moreover, if they can't be brainwashed or drugged by one group through one form of addiction, they are more than eager to be enslaved by another.


Fell for the second hand smoke propaganda did you?

Do you know anything about statistics? Cigarette smoking is correlated with increased risk of heart disease and cancer, yes?

You do understand that correlation is NOT causation?

Do you also understand that no (zero, none) double-blind studies have ever been done on tobacco use and disease processes or death rates? None. Zero.

Correlation is NOT causation.

Moreover, what other people do is none of your business.
dan42day
1 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2011
Funny how these anti-smoking fanatics were jumping up and down with their claims that regular tobacco smoke contained over 4000 potentially dangerous compounds. You would think they would be more impressed with a device that reduces that number by a couple orders of magnitude. At least impressed enough to study it objectively instead of refusing to do studies while claiming that there is no proof that it is any safer.

Kind of reminds me of the way the Catholic church has been against condoms for years because they only make sex less risky, but don't bring it into conformity with their iron-clad doctrine.
DamienS
5 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2011
Its the nicotine that hooks you and if the product doesn't have it, whats he point?

It's not as simple as that. It's not just the addictive nature of nicotine that makes it hard to stop smoking, it's also the physical ritual of anticipation, holding the thing in your hand, bringing it to the lips, hand gestures, etc, especially for long term smokers.
UleeUggams
not rated yet Jan 03, 2011
There have been instances where certain individuals are incited to irrational temper trantrums by just seeing somone "smoking" one of these things. so I propose they make a device that can be smoked rectally. And then we witless smokers would be able to enjoy our vices again
vknguyen
1 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2011
These electronic smoking devices shouldn't be shot down but encouraged. I say this is the next step into really abolishing tobacco-related health problems. In addition, some of these devices produce vapor and use small amount of heat. I don't understand people argument about the smoking rituals. What if the person had the option to smoke without the nicotine or the carbon-based carcinogens in a cigarette? I believe people still get to choose whether to drink or not so why are we, as a society, shooting down just smoking in general.
Kingsix
not rated yet Jan 03, 2011
Cigarettes stink. I haven't seen one of these things and part of me wouldn't mind as long as it doesn't make my close stink, give me phlegm in my throat, hurt my eyes or give me any nicotine.
I am not sure who is being controlled, maybe everyone in this case. If you smoke, you are being controlled by the tobacco companies, and the gov wants to control you to stop.
Oh and don't say you smoke because you want to when if you have no cig for 2 hours you start shaking and feel bad.

Whoa - I have my reason to not smoke, go to that revolver site and check out Nikkos review. If smoking will make me look like that guy, no thanks. Uuuuugly