Electronic Cigarette (e-cig) companies are aware that the desire to cut down or quit tobacco smoking motivates a large fraction of their customers. However, e-cig companies are not permitted to market their products as a smoking cessation device until the product is proven as "safe and effective," much like nicotine patches that make such therapeutic claims.
As a result, companies skirt the edges of these limits with slogans and imagery that are proxies for quitting such as images of broken cigarettes, consumers kicking their cigarette and the accompanying addiction, and through slogans such as "kiss tobacco goodbye," and "kick some ash.”
As a cessation tool, e-cigs appear to be marginally better than patches and other quitting methods, but still have limited effectiveness of less than 10%.1 A recent Lancet study found that 7.3% of tobacco users quit smoking on e-cigs compared with 5.8% with nicotine patches. 2