Are electronic cigarettes a “smoking cessation” device or therapy?
The term “smoking cessation” has become associated with programs designed, in a therapeutic manner, to end an individual’s relationship with and reliance on tobacco products. They generally have a prescribed start and specified end to achieve treatment.
Electronic cigarettes are a “harm reduction substitute for tobacco” that smokers choose, independently on an ongoing basis. Consumers do, indeed, often and many, achieve complete (or near complete) abstinence from tobacco using these devices. This is not due to a specific therapeutic effect. It’s simply that electronic cigarettes are more pleasant and less dangerous – enabling a consumer to achieve the same behaviour without the same harm.