CDC experts have established after a recent survey that around 59 percent of all e-cigarette adult users are also regular smokers.
Also, the study found that 11 percent of all e-cigarette users hadn’t smoked before, whereas 30 percent of them had been former smokers. Concerning young adults between 18 and 24 years, around 40 percent of electronic cigarette users had never been smokers, 43 percent of them were regular smokers, while other 17 percent had previously smoked before switching to vaping.
According to Matthew Myers, Tobacco-Free Kids Campaign president, e-cigarettes can be considered a reliable asset against smoking only if it helps people quit smoking. On the other hand, these statistics represent the solid proof that these electronic devices have a negative impact on the adult U.S. population as well as on younger generations.
Myers explains that adults use e-cigarettes in addition to traditional ones, instead of replacing them, meaning that his method has proven ineffective until now because more people start smoking instead of quitting.
The biggest concern consists of the fact that adolescents who have never smoked before start using e-cigarettes and later turn into regular smokers. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of high school students using e-cigarettes increased from 11 percent to 24 percent, which is more than double.
CDC experts predict that the situation will most likely become much worse because many teenagers will become nicotine addicts. Myers further added that these electronic devices wouldn’t bring great benefits to public health if they bring the habit of smoking back in trend by attracting so many nonsmokers.
Little is known whether these devices have helped smokers quit, according to Myers. Smoking is the number one most preventable cause of cancer-related deaths. Also, experts underline that although many smokers claim that they can quit smoking whenever they want, this is not true because nicotine creates addiction.
CDC has taken active measures in preventing e-cigarette abuse because it is not known yet what substances are used in creating these vaporizing liquids. Manufacturers haven’t disclosed until now what kind of chemicals they are using besides nicotine and wide variety of sweet flavors.
That is why CDC officials suspect that e-cigarettes might have a negative impact on users, especially on young adults.