As popularity for electronic cigarettes gathers steam it's becoming more and more clear that they are not a passing fad. E-Cigarettes, or e-cigs, were brought to the USA in 2009 from China and since then they have shown a steady rise in popularity among smokers. Many smokers claim that they no longer have the urge to smoke regular cigarettes since beginning to use e-cigs. This is good news since e-cigs allow smokers to avoid the 4,000 carcinogens and Tar that come from cigarette smoking. With e-cigs, the smoker inhales (and exhales) nothing but water vapor and Nicotine. By itself, Nicotine isn't harmful to humans in small doses.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) Estimates that there are about 45 million smokers in America. This number has been fairly steady over recent years. Although there have been slight decreases in some years, other years have shown increases in smoking.
Electronic cigarette use however, has been on a steady rise in use since 2009 and there are no signs of slowing. This is great news and shows that e-cigs are working to keep people away from cigarettes. Smokers are the largest group of e-cig users and many smokers claim to have quit smoking altogether in favor of using e-cigs (or vaping as it's called). If the trend in use continues, it's highly possible that smoking could be a thing of the past within 6 years, and maybe less.
The largest amount of e-cig users are ex-smokers who switched to e-cigs believing them to be a safer alternative than cigarettes. Although there have been very few studies done on the effects of e-cig use, early research and studies suggest that e-cig use may in fact be less harmful than cigarette smoking. A couple of flawed studies have been done that, on the surface, seem to suggest slight hazards with e-cig use but those studies are highly questionable when considering the sources.
Smokers who have switched to "vaping" report feeling better, breathing better and having more energy. This is wonderful news and could point to a healthier America in the very near future.
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