Some Older Smokers Turn to Vaping. That May Not Be a Bad Idea.


Tobacco use is hazardous at any age, but older smokers are particularly vulnerable to the health effects. More of them are exploring an alternative: e-cigarettes. People over age 65 have always been less likely to smoke than adults in general, in part because premature death means fewer smokers survive to older ages.

Some studies have estimated that e-cigarettes confer at least a two-thirds reduction in health risks, compared with smoking.

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