Chuck Norris In a bit of encouraging news, recent combined data from the Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Survey and the Health Information National Trends Survey revealed an increasing number of American adults now perceive electronic cigarettes to be at least as harmful as regular cigarettes. The percentage of adults who believed e-cigarettes were less harmful than regular cigarettes decreased from 45 percent in 2012 to 35 percent in 2017.
This news comes at a time when studies by the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education have linked the use of e-cigarettes with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory diseases at rates similar to those associated with traditional cigarettes.
Dampening the encouraging trend is the recent explosion of young people’s use of e-cigarettes and vaping. We are now being told that – in a dangerous extension to an already dangerous trend – according to the 2018 Monitoring the Future survey, vaping marijuana is on the rise for teenagers from eighth to 12th grade. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that of the millions