U.S. government agencies put puffs on the FDA Red List
Over the years, the number of smokers in the United States has been steadily declining. On the other hand, the number of e-cigarette users has been increasing.
-1.5% smokers, +1.1% e-cigarette smokers
In 2018, we reported the results of a semi-annual survey conducted by the CDC to track the evolution of smoking rates in the United States. At that time, the country had 14% of smokers, which was the lowest rate since the federal government tracked that data in 1965. Now, more than four years later, the results of a new wave of CDC surveys have dropped. Americans now smoke at a record low rate of 11 percent. The previous year, they were 12.5 percent.
For the handful of experts interviewed by CNN, this new drop in the number of smokers could be due to a number of factors. For example, they cited the many anti-smoking campaigns implemented in the country, the education of the population, especially young people, about the dangers of smoking, the laws that restrict places where smoking is possible, and even the ban on tobacco companies advertising their products. Taxes, they, reach only the last position, because they do not increase for more than 14 years and always reach only $1.01 per pack.
What was not mentioned by the experts surveyed was the rise of e-cigarette use in the United States. According to the CDC survey, there are now 6 percent of e-cigarette users in the United States, compared to 4.9 percent the previous year. The increase in the number of smokers choosing to use e-cigarettes instead of smoking was noted in 2018.
In general, the FDA continues to state that there is no certain evidence to support claims like personal vaporizers help in quitting smoking.