A recent study revealed that Minnesota has the lowest smoking rate ever. According to the reports, approximately 45% of adult Minnesotans who quit smoking used the e-cigarette at one point. The study cost $850,000 and was conducted by ClearWay.
The e-cigarette is an electronic device that allows the user to inhale a special vapor that can contain a lower or a higher concentration of nicotine.
E-cigarettes have caused many controversial debates since they appeared on the market. While some say the e-cigarette is one of the most efficient ways to help smokers quit the habit, others strongly believe that this device is even more cancer-causing than regular tobacco cigarettes because they contain some toxic substances such as formaldehyde.
Greg Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association, said in a statement that health officials should be happy that e-cigarettes have helped so many Minnesota smokers quit the habit.
Conley adds that the recent survey confirms the fact that smokers are very aware of the fact that e-cigarettes are a viable option for those who want to stop smoking regular cigarettes.
The Minnesota Department of Health in collaboration with ClearWay Minnesota conducted the study and found that there has been a decline in smoker by 10% in the past four years. The researchers involved in the study said that the results are significant.
According to the report, 14.4% of adult Minnesotans said they still use tobacco products, which is a new record low.
The Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey included responses from more than 9,300 people who were older than 18. These people were interviewed over the phone between February and July 2014.
This study is the most comprehensive and is conducted every four years in Minnesota.
One of the reasons that made smokers quit was the increased prices of cigarettes. Another reason, according to the survey, was the use of e-cigarettes.
When asked if the e-cigarettes played a role in the fact that many Minnesotans have quit smoking, Raymond Boyle, director of research at ClearWay Minnesota, answered that the probabilities are very high.
Many advocate the e-cigarette as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes and an efficient smoking cessation option.
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