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E-Cigarette Use Is Up For Smokers And Those With Illness

By Rodney Rafols , Feb 23, 2017 02:09 AM EST
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More people are using e-cigarette. Even if it is still controversial and most medical practitioners are skeptical about it, more people are turning to e-cigarettes as an alternative. E-cigarette use is up for smokers and those with illness, as a study shows.

Smokers know the dangers of cigarette smoking. Quitting though is not easy for many. E-cigarettes have come as an alternative to cigarette smoking, and cigarette smokers are grabbing that chance. This is the trend now seen as current and former cigarette users are turning to e-cigarettes. Even those with chronic illnesses related to smoking are turning to it.

E-cigarette is seen as a safe alternative to cigarette. This is seen in the increase of e-cigarette use recently. In 2010 there were only two percent of American adults who have been using e-cigarettes. However, that has risen to 12.4 percent by 2014.

Data from 2014 and 2015 shows that even current and former smokers who have chronic illnesses are using e-cigarette. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has shown that there has been an increase even in those who have illnesses. 36,697 people were surveyed in 2014, while in 2015 there were 33,672 people who were surveyed.

Lead investigator Gina R. Kruse, M.D., MPH is an assistant professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She has noted that this is the first time estimates have been made about e-cigarette use. She has also noted that the study has shown that smokers with illnesses are more likely to use e-cigarettes than smokers without illnesses, according to Science Daily.

E-cigarette use is rising. Dr. Kruse has said that those smokers with illnesses use e-cigarette as an alternative or else to reduce the effects of smoking. She has noted though that those with cancer do not see the benefit of using e-cigarette, as AlphaGalileo reports.

Even with the rising use of e-cigarettes, medical practitioners aren't sure how safe they are. Still, e-cigarette use is up for smokers and those with illness. A new diet is said to reduce major illnesses.

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