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CDC Study Shows 1 in 5 Adult Cigarette Smokers in the U.S. Have Tried E-Cigarettes

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Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, are quickly gaining a crowd of supporters on American soil. In fact, one-fifth of American adults who smoke cigarettes have reported that they have used e-cigarettes and the number of users grew substantially between 2010 and 2011, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“E-cigarette use is growing rapidly,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “There is still a lot we don’t know about these products, including whether they will decrease or increase use of traditional cigarettes.”

The study is the first to investigate the changes in awareness and use of e-cigarettes between 2010 and 2011. It found that about 21 percent of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used the electronic inhaler in 2011, which is about 10 percent more than in 2010. The increase was noted in both sexes, and especially in non-Hispanic Whites (aged 45-54 years old), those living in the South, and current and former smokers. The report also showed that e-cigarette use was significantly higher among current smokers compared to both former smokers and people who have never smoked.

Although many believe that electronic cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, more studies are needed to define their impact on long-term health. Similarly, research is needed to determine how e-cigarette marketing could impact initiation and use of traditional cigarettes, particularly among young people.

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Depression Linked to Tendency to Smoke

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A new government report indicates that people struggling with depression are more likely to smoke heavily than those who are not suffering from depression, according to a feature on Medical News Today. The report was published on April 14 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2005 – 2008.

depressionDepression, however, does not cause smoking; neither is it the other way around. But what it does show is that there is a link between smoking and depression, especially among people aged 20 and older in the United States.

The key findings in the report include the fact that 43 percent of adults who had depression were smokers as opposed to 22 percent who were not suffering from depression. Adults who are suffering from depression, even if experiencing only mild symptoms, are more likely to start smoking than those who are not. Conversely, among those who would like to quit smoking, smokers who are not suffering from depression are more likely to be successful at their attempts to quit compared to those who were suffering from depression.

The percentage of smokers is also found to be directly proportional to the severity of depression being experienced, as the percentage went up as the severity increased. There are also more smokers who are also suffering from depression who smoke more than a pack of cigarettes a day, compared to those who do not have depression.

Hence, the report concluded that there is a need to create special smoking cessation programs to help smokers suffering from depression to kick the habit.

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Electronic Cigarettes: Cure for the Habit or Road to Addiction?

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The electronic cigarette has been around for years, especially over the internet, but it is currently creating buzz in the United States as the Food and Drug Administration is placing this product under scrutiny.

In Maryland, a kiosk at the Westfield Annapolis Mall is selling a brand of electronic cigarettes called Smoking Everywhere. The sales pitch is that the device can be a safer, healthier way of indulging the smoking habit. The electronic, battery-operated device has the look and feel a cigarette and contains the nicotine to satisfy that inherent addiction in long-time smokers – but none of the tar and tobacco that make cigarette smoking and being exposed to cigarette smoke dangerous.

e-cigaretteThe rather steeply-priced but reusable device can be reloaded with liquid nicotine in gradually varying concentrations. The liquid nicotine is converted into a mist when the smoker takes a drag from the device.

The name says it all. Because of its unique advantages, Smoking Everywhere is a product that you can smoke everywhere — in pubs, in the conference room, even probably in cramped spaces like elevators. When cigarette smoking was all the rage and health risks were not yet a concern, these were things people used to do.

People who have tried using it are, for the most part, satisfied with the product. One user from Los Angeles shares how using the e-cigarette has saved his health as well as the health of those around him. It is also a great and subtle way towards quitting smoking. There are reportedly chain smokers who have gone from 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day to smoking nicotine-free liquids, thanks to the e-cigarette.

The FDA is on the backs of e-cigarette distributors, however, branding the device as “illegal” since it considers the device as a “new drug”, and the absence of their stamp of approval means that marketing and distribution in the United States is unlawful.

There are medical practitioners who warn against its use by non-smokers, as the presence and use of highly-addictive nicotine will lead to addiction to the substance. This is especially true for teenagers who may want to take a drag, just to be able to see what its like to smoke, safe in the thought that the e-cigarette is tar and tobacco-free.

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