The 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.