Vaping a safer option, could help prevent smoking-related deaths

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Nicotine, though not benign, is not directly responsible for the tobacco-caused cancer, lung disease and heart disease that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at the time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking, including cancer, heart disease, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure — and smokers die an average of 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

 

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