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Tobacco Cigarette Use Hits Record Low, E-Cigarette Use on the Rise: Correlation?

E-cigarette Usage and Smoking Rates DownThe CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recently reported positively on the recently reviewed data, showing that tobacco cigarette use is at an all-time record low of 14.9% for the year 2015, demolishing the previous year’s record of 16.8%. While the CDC is quick to congratulate themselves on this monumental success, claiming it is their ads that have inspired people to drop the habit, there is a counterclaim coming from England: it’s really the e-cigs.

This is not exactly a surprise to us, as the timing seems rather obvious. More people vaping, less people smoking. Sure, the ads coming from the CDC, graphic and dramatic as they may be, are certainly deserving of some credit, however, smokers are fully understanding of what their options are. Options being vapor smoking.

Earlier this year, Public Health England released a comprehensive, evidence-based study that examined the usage habits of electronic cigarette users, and the results were very much eye-opening. They deemed that when all factors are weighed in, electronic cigarette devices are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes. Not 50%, not 75%, but 95% safer. And this is coming from a highly intelligent, first world nation that has the ability to spend large amounts of capital on such an in-depth study. The study also provided straightforward data on how users were using the devices, and it concluded that e-cigarettes are directly related to the declining rate of smokers in the UK.

At the same time, while England is promoting the use of e-cigarettes as a significant and convenient way to opt out of your smoking habit in favor of a gentler alternative, the US is concentrating on their semantics. Using carefully chosen words to attempt to say that e-cigarettes are basically the same as tobacco products, the CDC is more concerned with minimizing the e-cigarette issue than it is embracing alternative options for people who want options to traditional tobacco.

Politics aside, when the data of the study was further analyzed, what was concluded was that among the 2 million vapers in the UK, 85% of them reported quitting smoking in the past 5 years. And if this is indicative of other parts of the world, most predictably in the US, it’s clear that many people are turning to e-cigarettes to fill a void not being met elsewhere.

CDC Study Shows Nonsmokers Are Not into Vapor

CDC Data on E-Cigarette UseYou are probably aware of the long-standing rumor among electronic cigarette critics that claims the popularity of e-cigarettes is promoting the products to the point of re-normalizing smoking, and will be luring in nonsmokers to become tobacco users. Yes, as farfetched as this is, it is an ongoing myth. However, to the benefit of those who are aware of how e-cigarettes are actually used, and to clarify the situation to all the misguided anti-e-cig folks out there, the CDC recently published a study, done by the National Health Interview Study, providing statistics on the electronic cigarette usage habits of smokers and nonsmokers. Suffice it to say, the evidence has completely buried the argument of e-cigarettes being a threat to the nonsmoking community, as well as shedding light on how smokers are using electronic cigarettes.

This study offers the most conclusive evidence, with hard statistics on the habits of smokers, recently quit nonsmokers, and ex-cigarette smokers, and we applaud the CDC for taking such a progressively common sense stance on the matter.

Stats of Note:

  • 12.6% of American adults have tried an e-cigarette at least once
  • 3.7% of American adults use e-cigarette devices regularly, minimally some days.
  • 47% of smokers & 55% of recently-quit former smokers have tried a vapor device at least once
  • 15.9% of smokers & 22% of recently-quit former smokers use e-cigarettes somewhat regularly
  • Less than 0.4% of electronic cigarette users were nonsmokers prior to trying them

*Also noteworthy: the study also found that tobacco users who currently smoke cigarette who had also attempted to quit smoking in the past year were more likely to  use vapor devices in their strategy to quit smoking.

Considering these are statistics taken from a legitimate study, the findings are pretty interesting, right? While there is the slightest hairline of a fraction of a percentage of nonsmokers who have actually been turned on to vaping, this figure is extremely small, and certainly not notable enough to convince anyone that electronic cigarettes are a threat to the non smoking community. The bottom line here is that the vast majority of those using e-cigarettes are doing so to avoid tobacco, and nonsmokers are absolutely not in danger of becoming the next big smoking demographic as a result of vapor products; we are quite pleased the CDC is recognizing this data.  

CDC, What’s the Deal?

Reporters-and-false-reportsThe CDC, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has never been totally on board with e-cigarettes, though lately they have been on a tear to keep smokers from transitioning. While it is clearly understood that as a major institution for the international health community, they cannot back anything without scientific reasoning, it is rather astounding that they would choose to be so certainly adamant about users not using electronic cigarettes.

Currently, they are negatively targeting the industry by producing negative advertisements and trying to urge people from using these devices by wrongfully associating electronic cigarettes with tobacco products. While to the naïve or those who are not aware, e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, and even though they work similarly, enabling users to have an alternative nicotine delivery device, these products do not belong in the same category as tobacco cigarettes.

The CDC furthers their misinformation by saying that alternative cigarettes should be avoided because the long-term effectiveness, safety, and results are yet to be seen. And yes, they may not have a long-term evidence to prove anything, positive or negative, simply knowing that they do not contain the thousands of toxic chemicals cigarettes do, and the fact that there is no tobacco, is enough of a reason to use them for most smokers who have switched over.

Any responsible electronic cigarette company in any aspect of this niche market would not promote their product in a way that guarantees safety, cigarette cessation, or any kind of not scientifically backed fact. While the industry is just around a decade old, millions of smokers have turned to e-cigarette’s in an effort to get away from tobacco.

As part of this industry, we feel it is our responsibility to provide unbiased research, information, and electronic cigarette news for those who are interested in knowing more about the products in the industry, how things work, research as it gets published by institutions and about how these products are helping smokers successfully live lives of better quality.

Even without proof and long-term studies and research, the majority of these people who have switched to vapor have done so because they have found a great number of benefits in doing so. And while the CDC continues with these cheap shots and scare tactics, smokers who are aiming for other ways to go about things will continue to turn to smokeless electronic cigarettes as an alternative.