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Vaping an alternative to cigarette smoking

Vaping an alternative to cigarette smoking Smoking continues to be a major concern, affecting the health of a substantial proportion of the population. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates almost 18 out of every 100 adults aged 18 or older in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. That equates to an estimated 42.1 million people.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, annually contributing to roughly 500,000 deaths. Although smoking rates have been on the decline, public health officials believe there is still more to be done, including educating youth about the dangers of smoking.

Those who already smoke might be interested in quitting the habit once and for all. The following are some of the more popular smoking cessation methods.

Vaporizers and e-cigarettes: Vaporizers and e-cigarettes involve inhaling water vapor through various devices. The vapor contains nicotine and can be customized based on the desired nicotine level. Vapor does not produce any secondhand smoke and can be relatively odorless. Individuals are increasingly turning to e-cigarettes and vaping products as an alternative to traditional cigarettes and as a means to quitting. The FDA does not presently regulate electronic cigarettes and vaping liquids, nor are there any large scale, long-term studies that prove the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation method. Larger trials are required before vaping products can be recommended to people looking to quit smoking.

By Jen Peake
CIEDA Marketing Specialist

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