If you're a smoker who's trying to quit, you might find the attached NY Times' article interesting. Some small studies are finding electronic cigarettes beneficial in helping smokers to quit or reduce their smoking habits.
The vapors released give addicts (let's face it, that's what they are) the nicotine they crave without the harmful carcinogens and toxins found in cigarettes. Anti-smoking groups argue that abstinence is the best method of quitting. There seems to be a concerted effort against electronic cigarettes, however. And this has other groups taking notice...
In Britain, the Royal College of Physicians has denounced “irrational and immoral” regulations inhibiting the introduction of safer nicotine-delivery devices.
“Nicotine itself is not especially hazardous,” the British medical society concluded in 2007. “If nicotine could be provided in a form that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved.”
If you're a smoker, I encourage you to read the following article and decide for yourself.