By Jennifer Lilonsky ( | First Posted: Apr 12, 2013 03:52 PM EDT

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A new international study reveals that while most people do not return to smoking tobacco after switching to electronic cigarettes, some end up smoking more.  

About 90 percent of smokers who start using e-cigarettes were shown to quit smoking traditional cigarettes and even more, some of them did not even intend to stop smoking when they made the switch.

The new study found that 86 percent of e-cigarette users had not smoked tobacco since they started using the electronic faux cigarette, compared to the 75 percent of e-cigarette users who reported that they switched to the electronic alternative because they intended to quit smoking-according to U.K.'s Metro news outlet.

When e-cigarettes first came out they were somewhat less socially acceptable than they are now. But as more time passes that the contraption has been on the market, they are steadily creeping into the mainstream realm and can now even be seen in convenience stores and bodegas.  

And while there are the apparent benefits that come along with an e-cigarette-like the absence of foul odor, the ability to smoke anywhere and the fact that the user is not inhaling burnt substances into their lungs---most experts agree that more research needs to be done to determine the long-term health effects of the device.

"We don't know what else is in the vapor. There are other chemicals which allow the nicotine to form droplets, disperse the nicotine, and we don't know how harmful these solutions are," said John Britton from the Royal College of Physicians.


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