This Buzzfeed article asserts that there is a realistic worry that vaping bans cause vapers to return back to cigarettes:
And yanking nicotine e-cigarettes off the market could have health consequences of its own. Ex-smokers who used them to quit may return to tobacco, which smoking experts fear would threaten a decade of progress in reducing smoking rates. Kids now addicted to nicotine because of vaping might turn to cigarettes. Cigarettes are linked to more than 480,000 US deaths yearly; by some estimates, 6.6 million premature deaths could be avoided over the next decade if smokers converted to e-cigarettes.
In addition to the above statement, Ned Sharpless, the acting FDA commissioner, stated this about the risks of vaping bans:
While denouncing e-cigarettes as dangerous, Ned Sharpless, the acting FDA commissioner, also expressed worries about the unintended effects of a wholesale vaping ban. “We are also quite concerned about people going back to [tobacco] cigarettes,” he told Congress on Wednesday.
There seems to be a public concern about the alternatives that vapers will seek in the face of a vaping ban. But the article's usage of "smoking experts fear" and Comissioner Sharpless' usage of the work "quite concerned" caused me to express skepticism over this concern. This led me to ask the question...
Do vaping bans cause vapers to adaopt cigarettes as an alternative?