ABC News covered a recent announcement from the Italian Health Ministry that claims there is no proof e-cigarettes help people quit. Yet the study, which seems more like some sort of survey doesn't seem to be based on much of anything. It's particularly interesting, considering a study out of Italy found that e-cigarettes helped people not actually interested in giving up cigarettes quit or cut their intake sufficiently. Instead, the new black of prohibition is being used, the “gateway” to real smoking argument. The quotes also include the old chestnut of them not being completely safe.
I particularly find it interesting, because when referencing approved NRTs, prohibition groups took the stance at the recent FDA hearings that things like the gum should not be compared for safety against a placebo, but against cigarettes. Yet, it seems that the e-cigarette has to be 100% safe. Interesting double standard going around there.