Historical patent records indicate that the first ‘e-cigarette’ appeared in or around the 1920s. At the time, little was known about e-cigarettes, in particular, their potential effects on health. But nevertheless, word got around about this new alternative nicotine intake device and by the late 90s, several major tobacco companies demonstrated a desire to create a gadget of their own. And then the FDA stepped in. Putting their foot down on the matter, quelling the disturbance in the water until around 2003, when a Chinese pharmaceutical company introduced its version of the e-cigarette. Created as a device targeted directly to help smokers succeed in their desire to quit, this Chinese device reopened the conversation about electronic tobacco and nicotine products around the world, but did not make its way to the U.S. until 2006.
NEWS FLASH: Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cigarette smoking accounts for 480,000 deaths or 1 out of every 5 deaths annually.
Bets are, you already knew this. But did you know that Americans are smoking less? Bets are, you already knew this, too. Nevertheless, here are some statistics.
According to an article in the Washington Post, half a century ago, more than two of every five adults were smokers. But that number has fallen steadily over time. From 2005 to 2014, for whatever reason, (vaping most likely a major, major factor) smoking rates dropped from 20.9 percent to 16.8 percent.
A recent report by the American Cancer Society shows that in 2015, the most recent year with available data, cancer deaths dropped to 158.6 per 100,00 people. That rate is 26 percent lower than in 1991 or about 2.4 million few deaths over that period. While many factors, medical advances and scientific breakthroughs have improved the outlook for people with various deadly cancers, the biggest cause of the decrease in death is simply that Americans are smoking less.
Some experts say e-cigarettes and vaporizers really started to make an impact about 3-5 years ago, at the same time when traditional cigarette use started to make its most noticeable decline. But odds are, you will hear no such statement from the media acknowledging vaping as a major driving force in the decline of American smokers.
Hey, at least Americans are smoking less. That’s a good thing.
The CDC estimates that 36.5 million adults in the United States still currently smoke, while more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.
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