Smoking Rates Dropping, E-Cig Rates Rising

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Cigarette smoking among adults is at a historic low, according to a recent story on The site reports that in 1965, an astounding 42 percent of adults smoked. In 2015, that number dropped to 15 percent, according to data released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are more men smokers than women, and according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 61 percent of current smokers have said they’ve tried to quit smoking at least once in the past year.

We can thank e-cigarettes for providing a healthier alternative to smoking. According to a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll, about 10 percent of people polled report using e-cigarettes. Other stats include:

  • About half of the people polled believe e-cigarettes and vaping aren’t better for you than cigarettes, nor could they help people quit smoking. Still, e-cigarettes have been used as a way for smokers to quit cigarettes but not get off nicotine completely.
  • The CDC reports that one in four recent former smokers now use e-cigarettes, while one in six use both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
  • Nearly one-half of current cigarette smokers and more than one-half of recent former cigarette smokers have tried an e-cigarette, according to the CDC.
  • A study out of Imperial College London, determined that 11 percent of Europeans had tried an e-cigarette by 2014, a 60 percent increase from 2012.
  • During the shift from traditional to e-cigarettes, spending on e-cigarette advertising rose from $6 million in 2011 to an estimated $115 million in 2014, according to the CDC.

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