One in Five US Smokers Have Tried ECigs

One in Five US Smokers Use ECigarettes

Howdy, sports fans! It’s been a long time since my last post. I’ve been traveling and working on other projects, and unfortunately my blog writing fell by the wayside. Now I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get back in the swing of things – and what better way to kick off my new blogging regularity than with the latest study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention!

In 2011, 21% of adult smokers had also tried e-cigarettes at least once. While having 1/5 of all smokers trying out e-cigs is impressive enough on its own, it’s even more spectacular when you compare it to the previous year, where only 10% of U.S. smokers had tried an electronic cigarette. The usage doubled in just one year, which is fantastic. Awareness of what e-cigarettes are is going up as well, from 40% knowing what they are in 2010 to 60% in 2011.

E-cigarettes are still mainly used by those who are currently smoking and trying to quit; not many non-smokers or former smokers are vaping, which makes sense. While e-cigs are fun and delicious, they’re intended as a healthier tobacco substitute to reduce the amount of tar and carcinogens you’re intaking from traditional cigarettes.

A 10% increase in just one year is a tremendous achievement. If this pace keeps up, we could see significant drops in smoke-related illness. Keep your fingers crossed.

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