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CDC Releases New Lower Numbers on the Percentage of U.S. Smokers

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Newly released numbers on the rate of smoking in the United States have been released and many are surprised to find that smoking amongst American adults continues to drop. Currently, only around 15% of adults now say they smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes.

This number is 2% lower than last year and 3% lower than 2013—which is significant considering the U.S. spent a decade trying to curb smoking rates with no success before ramping up its anti-smoking campaign in 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is contributing the decline to higher taxes on tobacco products, tougher laws against smoking and more stringent anti-smoking campaigns. Director of the CDC’s North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York, Patricia Folan says there have even been instances of long-term heavy smokers quitting in recent years due to bans on indoor smoking.

According to Folan, she hears smokers all the time saying, “When I can’t smoke here, I can’t smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I’m a pariah – it makes me want to not smoke anymore.”

All of these numbers come from the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) which is performed by the CDC. The NHIS began as a way to track health issues in the American public in 1957.

Decreased Smoking Data

Just how much has the smoking rate decreased in recent years? Here are some stats to give you a better picture:

  • Since 1965, the rate of adults smoking has decreased 27%.
  • From 2004-2009, smoking rates didn’t decline and stayed at roughly 20%. Failure to see progress made anti-smoking proponents concerned that this hard-core smoking group could not be reached.
  • 17 percent of males smoke compared to 13 percent of women.
  • The real difference for getting numbers to start dropping again was graphic anti-smoking ads. (Smokers don’t enjoy seeing graphic images of what smoking could do to their bodies.)

According to the director of the American Lung Association’s national policy, Thomas Carr, U.S. smoking rates could drop even further with the pending regulation of other nicotine delivery devices such as smokeless e-cigarettes. Carr states, however, that much more research will have to be conducted first to know just how much of a role these devices could play on the reduction of smoking rates.

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The Science Behind Nicotine Addiction

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Studies have proven the destructive power that certain addictions can have on the human body. Some scientists even suggest that nicotine addiction may be the worst addiction that the world has faced.

However, have you ever wondered what makes nicotine so addictive?

If you are reading this blog, then I suppose you have…so let’s find out.

Exploring Addiction

First, nicotine addiction is not a simple addiction; it is what’s known as a physical addiction, which means that the human body experiences relief and/or pleasure upon ingesting the substance and a tangible discomfort (i.e. withdrawal) when we don’t ingest. The same can be said for other drugs like opioids, but it is suggested that nicotine is more addictive.

Nicotine addiction happens when nicotine molecules interact with receptors in the brain. Once nicotine molecules contact these receptors, a process called acetylcholine begins. Acetylcholine is responsible for making humans alert and conscious. By triggering this process, you could say that nicotine makes the mind livelier.

In addition to acetylcholine, nicotine also turns on dopamine processes. Dopamine is responsible for attraction and is the real driving force behind addiction—it is our pleasure center.

Once nicotine has entered the body, the molecules colonize our pleasure or comfort centers. When more of these comfort centers are turned on than discomfort centers, the brain (i.e. the human) does not want to quit the substance causing the pleasure. Moreover, the receptors even grow accustomed to the feeling, which is what causes humans to feel withdrawal if we take the substance away.

A Study on Addiction

American researcher Gene Heyman has studied the science behind addiction since the 1970s. In one such addiction study, he compiled information about the duration of time it takes people to give up several addictions.

According to his findings, he discovered that cocaine users were able to recover from their addiction in an average of four years, and those who were clinically dependent on marijuana took six years.

By comparison, those who were addicted to alcohol and nicotine took longer surprisingly. Alcoholics took on average 15 years to lose their dependency completely, and those with nicotine addictions took an average of 30 years.

You sure won’t see that factoid on the side of a cigarette package!

This gives scientific credence to the struggle those who wish to abstain from smoking tobacco cigarettes fight each day. Moreover, it also shows that those who struggle should not feel discouraged by setbacks.

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Big Gains in Unexpected Places from E-Cigarette Sales

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The growing e-cigarette trend is helping to put a serious dent in the number of tobacco smokers in the U.S. today, this is according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The CDC says that the 18% drop in tobacco use has been offset e-cigarette use. These rates of change have also triggered an increase in tobacco cigarette prices as cigarette companies seek to maintain their revenues.

Wells Fargo also projected that e-cigarette sales will be higher than tobacco cigarette sales in just 5 years or so. If this is true, then there is a great deal of money to be made off e-cigarettes. But who stands to profit from these increased sales? One answer could shock you.

Big tobacco companies are one of the businesses that may stand to benefit from an increase in e-cigarette sales. This is partly because some of the biggest cigarette companies have also begun getting in the e-cigarette game.

In 2014, Altria acquired Green Smoke Inc. and just this year released their brand of e-cigarettes. Likewise, Reynolds American has begun collaborating with Lorillard to produce electronic smoking devices.

States Cashing In on E-Cig Sales

On top of the profit tobacco companies stand to make off e-cigarettes sales, state governments could as well—specifically through savings from Medicaid.

According to a State Budget Solutions report, at least 45 states (plus D.C.) would gain more money through Medicaid savings than they lost from being taxed for cigarettes and settlement payments. The report also states that around 51% of those on Medicaid smoke cigarettes. By reducing the number of Medicaid recipients who smoke, it could save states billions of dollars (around 48 billion to be more specific) in healthcare costs alone. This savings more than the states collected through taxes in 2012—around $24 billion.

Read our newest article, “How E-Cigarettes Could Save the Government Money,” to learn more.

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The Real Costs of a Lifetime of Smoking Tobacco

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If you are searching for a good reason to quit smoking, look no further than your wallet.

Smoking is an expensive habit. In fact, it’s estimated that the average American smoker spends somewhere in the range of one to two million dollars on tobacco cigarettes and cigarette accessories over the course of their lifetime.

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of money you spend on your smoking habit, then you should definitely not move to Alaska. Alaskans reportedly spend an average of $2 million on cigarettes, while South Carolinians come off (comparatively) easy at $1.1 million.

In terms of the estimated lifelong costs associated with smoking cigarettes, people often overlook indirect expenses like healthcare and insurance. However, you must take into account all of these factors, including the healthcare costs associated with illnesses and diseases arising from years of tobacco use, the higher insurance premiums that smokers are forced to pay, and the inflation of the cost of a pack of cigarettes each year.

To learn what smoking tobacco cigarettes is really costing you, check out our recent knowledge center article.

More visual learners should also take a look at this infographic from The American Cancer Society that illustrates the real costs associated with smoking tobacco cigarettes, as well as our comparison of e-cigarettes vs. traditional smoking.

Switching to e-cigarettes can be a way to put some money back in your wallet. For those of you who are new to e-cigarettes, we welcome you and encourage you to browse our knowledge center and blog to discover more about making the switch.

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Scientific Research Suggests Smokeless Cigarettes Less Harmful than Conventional

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With all the hoopla and controversy surrounding smokeless cigarettes, new scientific research is suggesting that they are likely to be much less harmful than the conventional cigarettes.  We know for a fact the statistics prove that conventional cigarettes can attribute to cancer, lung problems and overall general health issues.

Recently, an international team examined 81 studies where they focused on various issues surrounding smokeless cigarettes.  Some of the areas that were studied included:

  • Safety concerns
  • Amount and types of chemicals in the liquids and vapors
  • Use among both smokers and non-smokers

After reviewing much of the information, scientists agree that risks to passive bystanders and users are far less than the risks of conventional cigarettes.  However, they do caution that the risks for people with respiratory issues are unknown at this time.

They also concluded from the studies that there are fewer toxins in smokeless cigarettes than conventional.  Although, they contain some of the toxins from traditional cigarettes, it is at a much lower quantity.

Due to e-cigarette users breathing in vaporized liquid nicotine as opposed to tobacco smoke, scientists believe this is a healthier option.

They also conclude there is no concrete evidence suggesting teens and young adults who use smokeless cigarettes are likely to switch to traditional, and they conclude that the products do not encourage youth to begin conventional smoking habits.

Although, there is much research left to be done, this is good news for the e-cigarette smoker. There still remains much controversy as how to regulate smokeless cigarettes in the U.S. Many scientists conclude that based on their studies, smokeless cigarettes are indeed a healthier option.

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Cigarette Advertising: Marlboro Man

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From 1954 through 1999, Philip Morris & Co. used a cowboy coined “The Marlboro Man” as their spokesman in  advertising campaign. This campaign originated in part to try to popularize filtered cigarettes amongst men, as they were first considered a feminine product when they came out in the 1940s and 50s.

In fact, from 1924 until 1954, Marlboro was marketed as a woman’s cigarette using the slogan “Mild as May”; however, within a matter of months, the brand was given a masculine makeover.

During this span of time, most cigarette companies tried to falsely market filtered cigarettes as a safer alternative by using complex terminology and scientific claims. Philip Morris & Co., however, took a different method and the Marlboro man was born.

When the campaign was proposed, the company planned to use a variety of “manly” figures, including sea captains, weightlifters, war correspondents, construction workers, etc.  The cowboy was the first in the new advertising and marketing campaign.

Within a year, Marlboro’s market share rose from less than one percent to becoming the fourth best-selling brand. This led Philip Morris to drop the other manly figures and stick with the cowboy alone.

The Marlboro man campaign depicts a rugged, masculine cowboy figure (usually shown riding a horse through a barren landscape) with nothing but his cigarette. The actor who popularized the cowboy image in the mid-fifties was Paul Birch—he was featured in 3 page magazine ads and TV ads.

In the early 1960s, Marlboro reinvented their ad campaign again. They replaced the actors and began using real working cowboys, rodeo riders or stuntmen. One such cowboy was Carl “Big-un” Bradley from Guthrie, Texas. By 1972, the popularity of the Marlboro man campaign was so popular that Marlboro cigarettes captured the top of the tobacco industry.

The popularity of the Marlboro Man peaked during the 1960s and 1970s. However, the increasing evidence linking cigarette smoking to disease led to a decline in smoking and changed the way cigarettes were be advertised. At least three of the men who portrayed the Marlboro man have died of smoking related illnesses—lung cancer and COPD specifically.

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Can Electronic Cigarettes Give You a Six-Pack?

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According to recent statistics, the United States has over 45 million people that use electronic cigarettes. With over $3 billion dollars in sales, it seems to be a popular concept that many are trying.

Could some people possibly be making the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs because they feel they are able to stay physically fit using this alternative?

According to a detailed study of 1000 electronic cigarette smokers, many suggested they had increased their lung capacity after making the switch from traditional to e-cigs.  Three fourths of the people surveyed claimed that they are able to handle strenuous tasks, including exercise, much better.

Below are more results from the study

  • 98% of all participants claimed their tobacco usage decreased after taking up electronic smoking.
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Ways the Body Improves Post Tobacco

cigarettes_17r90ns-17r90ouThere are a lot of ways the body begins to recover when tobacco is no longer being funneled in on a regular basis. If you are thinking about making the switch to electronic cigarettes, here are some of the ways you can expect your body to react when no longer having the toxins of smoke and tar building up in your system. The following is a timeline of how the body repairs over time, showing how amazing the human body is, after all!

20 Minutes: Yes, your body’s chemistry changes in just 20 minutes after smoking a cigarette, with heart rate and blood pressure levels returning to their normal settings.

12 Hours: In 12 hours after your last tobacco cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream return to normal.

2 Weeks: In just two weeks, lung function and circulation begin to improve.

1-9 Weeks: In this time period, the body begins to recover from typical symptoms of smoking like the infamous smoker’s cough and having shortness of breath. The cilia lining the lungs begin to function normally again, and they get to work cleaning the lungs, lessening the risk of infection.

1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50%, making it half as high as a smoker’s risk.

5 Years: Your risk of certain cancers is now at a dramatically lower rate than that of a smoker’s. The risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, esophagus cancer, and bladder cancer is now 50% less than that of smokers’. The risk of stroke and cervical cancer have also lowered  as well.

10 Years: The risk of pancreatic and larynx cancer has now decreased, and the risk of fatal lung cancer is now cut in half compared to smokers’ risks.

15 Years: The risk of heart disease is now the same as what nonsmokers face.

We all know tobacco is harmful, but being able to see exactly how the body takes care of itself over time is rather impressive. The human body is an amazing vessel, and taking care of it over the long run is so worth the while. If you are interested in switching to smoke-free, tobacco-free alternatives, please have a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Starter Kits, which has been designed to assist anyone in making the switch to vapor!

Surgeon General Adds to the Ills of Tobacco Smoke

Quit-Smoking-CigarettesWe all know how negative tobacco cigarettes are, however 50 years into the war against tobacco, scientists are still finding new links between smoking and disease. In the most recent report to be released from the surgeon general, various factors were examined, revealing the current state of smoking in America, and new diseases to be attributed to tobacco.

While this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows how toxic cigarettes are, it sure does give good reason for smokers to stay as far away from tobacco as possible, and make the switch to electronic smoking as an alternative. While the number of smokers is down drastically since 1964, when the surgeon general declared smoking to increase death 42% of adults were smoking, today the number steadies around 18%.

The newest report of diseases cigarette smoking contributes to include rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, macular degeneration, and erectile dysfunction, as well as two more types of cancer; liver and colorectal, and for mothers who smoke during pregnancy, infants can be born with cleft palate defects as a result.

The number of people who die each year from smoking-related causes is approximately half a million worldwide, with lung cancer still being the largest cause. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female; the death rate among smokers equally affects men and women. Interestingly, as smoking rates have decreased, so have the number of lung cancer diagnoses at a rate of 3% among men, and 1% among women.

Also covered in the report were not only the medical statistics on tobacco and disease, but the financial effects of smoking related illnesses, which are costing the nation $130 billion, and an additional $150 billion annually due to lost productivity.

So what is the nation doing about the smoking problem? The one measure that has always seemed to work is raising the price of cigarettes. It has been found that for every 10% price increase, the rate of smoking drops 4%.

As an alternative, if you are a smoker, consider switching to electronic cigarettes. With no tobacco and no chance for smoke, you can steer clear of the stigma. And just to add to their many benefits, the cost is considerably lower! Millions have made the switch and have not looked back; check out our selection of e-cigarette starter kits today!

E-Cigarette Sales Are on the Rise!

Smokers keep switching to the vapor side! Studies are showing that sales are going up in very big numbers, and year by year, more smokers become intrigued with what awaits them with alternative cigarettes. More than 50% of smokers in the US are aware of e-cigs, and that number is growing too. The more people that learn there is an alternative to the poison that is tobacco is, that gives the same results and without the negative attributes, the more of those who will give them a try.

With awareness comes sales, because smokers have never really had legit options that allowed them to quit easily. Whether you are a smoker or not, surely you know someone who has tried to quit. The reason so many people smoke for so long is because cigarettes are an extremely difficult habit to kick. Unlike illegal drugs, they are very easy to acquire, do not mess you up while you enjoy them, and most importantly, they aren’t illegal. Unlike legal substances such as alcohol, you aren’t really limited in the same ways. No, you cannot use cigarettes in many public places the way you can when consuming alcohol, but you most certainly should not be driving when you drink. And it’s definitely a major faux pas to be drinking in the middle of your work day. When is it ever appropriate to head out for a quick “alcohol break” and get back to work shortly, and slightly tanked? Never! Cigarettes are a really quick, easy fix, but their negatives mount quickly, and often not in plain sight. Smokers eventually get to the point where they realize that smoking cigarettes is not what they want, and the effects on their health have already begun. And quitting is a very steep uphill battle.

This is where e-cigarettes come in. For just the price of an e-cigarette starter kit, smokers are able to embark on a path to health that allows them to control all aspects of the smoking process, without the smoke and tar. They have tremendous freedom, and the same satisfaction in enjoying the nicotine and the actual act of smoking the e-cig. Electronic cigarettes are here to stay, smokers get ready for the future!