Nebraskans need to put the cigarettes down and walk away. The Thursday before Thanksgiving is the Great American Smokeout and researcher Scott Ballin says the latest statistics show that smoking in the U.S. is down to about 14%. However, that isn’t good enough.
Ballin says, “When you put it in terms of how many smokers are left in this country, it is 30 million. That is a lot. Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the nation. Still, that is 480,000 American deaths due to cigarette smoking each year.”
Smoking also costs America an estimated $300 billion in lost productivity at work and in medical care.
Ballin says about 70% of Americans believe that nicotine is the cancer causing agent associated with smoking. While it doesn’t cause cancer it is very addictive. The good news is there are many products available that contain nicotine to help smokers quit.
Ballin says when it comes to e-cigarettes and vaping, “I think it has great potential for assisting smokers to get off the cigarettes but a the same time, I know the FDA is going to be making some announcements about the uptake of vaping by teenagers and adolescents, so we have a duel challenge here. One is to insure we don’t addict the next generation of kids but at the same time supplying smokers with an alternative.”
Ballin goes on to say today is the Smokeout – smoke is the problem that we are dealing with and these new products need to be made available.
Other products that have shown success include Snus, a smokeless powder that is put on the upper lip to patches, gum and lozenges. The CDC and the American Lung Association also has tips on how to quit.