The Effects Of Smoking On The United States Essay

1199 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
In recent history, people’s perception of smoking has greatly changed. Just half a century ago, nearly half of men in the United States smoked and tobacco companies were being advertised publicly. Today’s landscape has greatly changed, as public awareness of the harms of smoking traditional cigarettes have been brought into light (The Pros 14). A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2014 the rates of smoking among adults in the United States was only at 16.8% (Tyler). While the use of traditional cigarettes has fallen drastically in the last decade, their electronic counterpart has been on the rise. Just five years ago, in 2011, e-cigarette sales reached $500 million (Hemphill). As the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to increase, governments have taken more interest in regulation of electronic cigarettes. However, some glaring issues with the electronic cigarette industry exist. As governments look to see the optimal regulation for these new devices, they face tough decisions in regards to the transparency of health concerns and advertising. Since its creation at the start of the twenty-first century by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, the modern electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, has been a popular with those looking to stop smoking traditional cigarettes (Hemphill). Despite e-cigarettes’ initial target demographic, users have expanded to include unlikely groups, including children. A report from the Centers for Disease…

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