Sentara expert responds to use of e-cigarettes
Smoking remains the single biggest cause of preventable death in the United States. With more than 480,000 deaths attributed to tobacco use, there are ever-increasing efforts to get people to quit smoking. One method commonly used by smokers to help them quit is the use of e-cigarettes, devices that allow users to ingest nicotine at varying levels without the use of tobacco.
Recent news coverage highlights the significant increase – threefold in one year – of teens using e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The Oxford English Dictionary even made 'vaping' its 'Word of the Year' for 2014. But there remain some troubling aspects to the growing use of an as-yet unregulated product that is becoming more accessible across America.
Smoking cessation specialists at Sentara are concerned about the increasing use of these smoking alternatives among teens and young adults.