Since the harmful affects of E-cigarettes came to light, smoking has been at the center of debate all around. ‘To smoke, or not to smoke?’ People have been made to think twice before they light up.
According to a new study, the decline in the trend has been attributed to various anti-tobacco campaigns, which warned the public against the dangers of smoking over the years.
A team of researchers from the University of California realized that the more the smoking trend declined, the more people were also likely to quit or cut back on cigarettes.
The study is particularly pivotal because it challenges the idea of harm reduction, which says that the remaining smokers will be less willing to quit while the smoking trend declines. Instead, the experts noticed the opposite.
“The fact that the smoking population is softening has important implications for public health policy. These results suggest that current tobacco control policies have been leading to softening of the smoking population without the need to promote new recreational nicotine products like e-cigarettes,” stated Stanton A. Glantz, who is one of the authors of the study.
The findings revealed that as the population that smoked diminished by 1 percent, the number of smokers who softened on cigarettes was up by 0.6 percent in the Unites States. They also concluded that the number of cigarettes people smoked every day decreased by 0.32 percent among the existing smokers.
The researchers say that these numbers are significant and that there is no need to promote e-cigarettes for smokers because peopleare quitting thanks to the policies and interventions that have been implemented throughout the years.
Therefore, it is quite sufficient to continue the tobacco control policies as the number of smokers will eventually continue to drop.
More people are now aware about the dangers that smoking poses to their health and that this habit is no longer regarded as “cool” but offensive.
The detrimental affects of second hand smoke are even more alarming. Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette – 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. Forty-three known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke or both. It’s chilling to think about not only how smokers poison themselves, but what others are exposed to by breathing in the secondhand smoke.
To protect citizens from second hand smoke, Hawaii and many other states have banned smoking in public places, like parks and beaches. Even China, which has the a record number of smokers in its population has cracked down and banned smoking from restaurants and public places. Hawaii has even raised the minimum age of smoking to 21 in order to discourage the trend in teenagers.
To read up some of the harmful affects on smoking on the body: http://www.healthline.com/health/smoking/effects-on-body