A number of organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration have concerns that e-cigs might increase addiction to and use of nicotine and tobacco products among young children .The World Health Organization raises the worry of addiction for non-smokers from the use of smokeless cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes should have lesser poisonous effects than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and evidences tell us they are safer than real nicotine based cigarettes, and possibly as safe as other nicotine replacement products .It was found in a survey that adults most often used electronic cigarettes as a replacement for tobacco and nicotine, although not always to quit smoking completely.
Smokeless electronic cigarette sales increased from 50,000 in the year 2008 to 3.5 million in the year 2012. As of 2011, in the USA, one in five adults who smoke has tried switching to electronic cigarettes. In a UK survey conducted in 2013 of more than 12,000 adults, 11% of regular tobacco smokers in the sample identified themselves to have used electronic cigarettes and 24% stated that they had used them in the past. Amongst non-smokers in the same sample, 1% said they had tried them and none of the people stated that they were currently using them.
As the electronic cigarette industry expands, a subculture has emerged which calls itself “the vamping culture”. Members of this emerging subculture often view electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking due to absence of tobacco and some even view it as a hobby and flaunt it.
Well known celebrities from the world of films and music have also embraced this new found culture by taking their smokeless cigarettes to public events such as movie award shows and press conferences and increasing their popularity. In India, the use of e-cigs is legal. Under the Indian Health Law of 2006, smoking of tobacco has been banned in public places.