Tobacco Smoking Statistics
In a survey in 2006 it was estimated that 26.2 million, 23.5 percent of men and 20.9 million, 18.1 percent of women were smokers in the United States of America. This group of almost 50 million people are at a higher risk of heart attack and strokes.
A more recent survey estimates for people aged 18 and over show that -
- Among whites, 23.5% of men and 18.8% of women smoke
- Among blacks, 26.1% of men and 18.5% of women smoke
- Among hispanics, 20.1% of men and 10.2% of women smoke
- Among asians, 16,8% of men and 4.6% of women smoke
- Among american indians/alaska natives, 35.6% of men and 29% of women smoke
The Tobacco Cigarette
The smoke from a tobacco cigarette emits over 4,000 chemicals when it is being smoked, 43 of which are known to be carcinogenic compounds along with around 400 other toxins.
- Acetone – ingredient in nail polish remover
- Methanol – used as rocket fuel
- Naphthylamine – a carcinogenic
- Pyrene – a carcinogenic
- Naphthalene – moth repellent
- Cadmium – used in batteries, a carcinogenic
- Carbon monoxide – poisonous gas
- Vinyl Chloride – used in plastic materials
- Cyanhydric acid – was used in gas chambers
- Ammonia – detergent
- Arsenic – lethal poison
- Dibenzacridine – a carcinogenic
- Polonium 210 – a radioactive element
- DDT – insecticide
- Formaldehyde – used as an embalming fluid
These are small electronic devices that consist of a battery and a heating element. When used the small heating element boils up a small amount of liquid to create a vapour, this vapour is then inhaled by the user. For a smoker inhaling this vapour is very closer to the feeling got when inhaling the smoke from a tobacco cigarette.
This liquid and in turn the vapour have three main ingredients: nicotine, propylene glycol and flavoring, which can taste like a traditional cigarette, or can come in an array of other flavors.
The three ingredients found in E cigarettes are also found in a traditional cigarette, but are known to not be carcinogenic and are approved by the FDA.