Evidence suggests that rather than deterring teenagers from smoking e-cigarettes are actually encouraging them to take up the dangerous habit.
Scientists from the Centre for Tobacco Research and Education carried out a 12 month study and, discovered that the number of teenagers buying e-cigarettes had doubled.
This has raised fears that the products are acting as an intermediate staging post; the teenagers then move on to full blown cigarette smoking.
Smoking is one of the major causes of oral cancer with around 6,000 people each year in the UK alone being diagnosed with the disease.
As such, on the surface it would appear that e-cigarettes are a helpful approach. But according to the head of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter a recent survey found over half of respondents believed they were a safe alternative to smoking.
The question being asked now is should e-cigarettes be only offered by doctors and not freely available on the open market?