Article on e-cigarettes contains selective numbers

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re "E-cigarettes: A new vice ensnares adolescents” (Forum, Jan. 19): The article about e-cigarettes contains selective numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cigarette smoking among middle school students declined to 3.5 percent in 2012, and to 14 percent among high school students. See http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6245a2.htm. The same source reported that recent e-cigarette use was only 1.1 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. The figures the reporter cited were for youth who had ever used e-cigarettes, so the numbers include any experimentation. Most importantly, e-cigarettes are not necessarily a "nicotine cessation product." Beginning March 27, 2009, e-cigarettes allowed me to escape from 45 years as a slave to smoking. Like many former smokers, I still use nicotine for its beneficial effects on mood and cognition. Smoking cessation has eliminated my morning cough and allows me to enjoy a good laugh without going into a coughing jag. (Note: I now serve as president of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association.)

-- Elaine Keller, Springfield, Va.

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