Smoke Without Fire: Who Smokes E-Cigs, Where Are They Allowed and How Do They Work?


Smoke Without Fire

You’ve seen them around, now find out all the hype on electronic cigarettes. Are e-cigs a safer, cheaper alternative to smoking cigarettes?

Up In Smoke

45 million smokers
2.5 million e-smokers
Nearly $2 billion
2013 e-cig retail sales
$10 billion
Estimated retail sales of e-cigs by 2017
Price range for a starter kit
10 million
Disposable e-cigs sold weekly in the U.S.

What About The Users?
Who is smoking e-cigs? Are people using e-cigs as a useful smoking cessation method? Is it successful and safe?

Female e-cig smokers: 60.5%
Male e-cig smokers: 39.5%
Users who live in southern states: 33%
Users who reside in northeast states: 19%
Users who have smoked an e-cig for less than six months: 57%
Users currently continuing to smoke regular cigarettes in addition to e-cigarettes: 82%

Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

E-cigarette smokers who state they have stopped smoking cigarettes or smoke fewer cigarettes since starting e-cigarettes
Users who reported quitting smoking cigarettes who also discontinued the use of electronic cigarettes

How Does It Work?

Take a look at an e-cig and see what’s inside:
LED: Lights up when a user takes a drag
Battery: Can last up to 11 hours with some models
Microprocessor: Controls heater and lighter
Sensor: Detects when a smoker takes a drag
Heater: Vaporizes nicotine
Cartridge: Holds nicotine dissolved in propylene glycol

What Are The Laws?

Where can you smoke e-cigs? Is it legal to smoke them in public places or even on airplanes? Let’s find out which states have restrictions on e-cigs and what those restrictions are.

State Laws:

Arkansas: Prohibited on school district property.
Colorado: Prohibited on school district property unless approved by FDA as a cessation device.
Delaware: Prohibited in all state workplaces, including outdoor spaces and surrounding grounds. (Includes parking lots and state vehicles operated on state workplace property.)
Kansas: Prohibited on all department of corrections property/grounds for employees/inmates.
Maryland: Prohibited on MARC commuter rail system trains.
New Hampshire: Prohibited in public educational facilities and surrounding grounds.
Oklahoma: Prohibited in all department of corrections facilities including vehicles and grounds.
Oregon: State agency employees banned from using in agency buildings/grounds.
South Dakota: Prohibited in department of corrections facilities/grounds by employees/inmates.


For further contrast/comparison with tobacco cigarettes, also see these infographics:


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