The e-cigarette doesn’t get good press in the United States, allowing pressure by the FDA, sugary e-liquids are now accused of inciting young people to smoke. However, the smoking rates in the USA have never been lower (14% in 2017), and a new study just proved that the e-cigarette is one of the main reasons.
The most recent CDC report is very clear: there have never been fewer smokers in the United States than now. The reasons for the decrease in smoking rates weren’t cited, however, which is what inspired Georgetown University Medical Center to investigate.
This research center wanted to know why smoking rates have dropped in the USA. In order to do this, researchers collected and analyzed results from five different studies, which were done over the course of four years and help scientists better understand the reason for the drop in smoking rates.
A strong correlation since 2014
The recently released report shows a clear correlation between the success of the vaping industry and a drop in tobacco addiction. Researchers said there was a, “strong, constant inverse relationship between vaping rates and tobacco addiction.”
The study’s results go even further, however, showing a noticeable drop in smoking rates amongst young people the moment the e-cigarette became popular. In particular, researchers point to the year 2014, which was a big year for vaping and consequently resulted in a significant drop in smoking rates.
These results completely go against the FDA’s opinion. Not only do e-cigarettes not encourage young people to smoke, they also deter young people from smoking tobacco! It remains to be seen how the American health authorities will respond to this latest study.