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Cancer Drops in the United States As Vaping Rises

Cancer Drops in the United States As Vaping Rises

 

Cancer Drops in the United States As Vaping Rises

As Americans are less likely to pick up smoking, new studies have shown that they are less likely to get cancer. This drop in smoking rate can be attributed to a number of different factors including: more awareness and education about the risks that come with smoking, and cessation made easier due to the rise in the vape industry.

The American Cancer Society released a report in January 2018 that said that cancer deaths dropped to 158.6 per 100,000 people, which is a drop of 26 percent since 1991. This drop resulted in 2.4 million fewer deaths.


The report notes that while high-cost drugs have helped people cope with cancerous diseases, the biggest cause of the decrease in deaths is that less Americans are smoking, which has been directly affected by the rise in vaping as people quit traditional cigarettes and enjoy alternative ways to get nicotine, including vaping.


Smoking Less


The most important factor to this new report by the American Cancer Society is the overall decrease in people smoking in general.

“It’s the low-hanging fruit,” said Ahmedin Jemal, the cancer group’s vice president of surveillance and health services research. “We’re going to continue to see this decline because of prevention, primarily reduction in smoking prevalence.”

Jemal said that while new treatments will likely affect the mortality rate, he expects preventative measures to have the most effect. The report found decreased smoking rates, and improved detection and treatment, have led to sharp declines in the rate of lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer deaths.


Vaping Study


Relatedly, a study published last summer titled "E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys," which was carried out by researchers from the University of California at San Diego, indicated that the increase in vaping corresponds to a decrease in smoking rates.

The researchers looked at data from the 2014-15 CPS-TUS survey, when e-cigarettes were more prevalent. Out of the 161,054 respondents that did complete the survey, 22,548 were current smokers and 2136 recent quitters. A significant 38.2% of current smokers and 49.3% of recent quitters had tried e-cigarettes, and 11.5% and 19.0% respectively, were current vapers.

“The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level.”


“The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level”, said the researchers. As public health experts have been pointing out, the combined results of these and other studies, suggest that electronic cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives.

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