Local smokers should consider giving up cigarettes for Thursday’s observance of the Great American SmokeOut.
But statewide we’re not doing much better.
“In Indiana, 26.0 percent of the adult population (aged 18-plus years) — over 1,247,000 individuals — are current cigarette smokers,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3 percent to 26.5 percent. Indiana ranks 50th among the states.”
E-cigarettes are included in this ban along with traditional cigarettes and cigars. The science behind the safety of these devices is still new, but it’s clear that even though they may be less harmful than cigarettes in some ways, they may still be quite damaging in others.
“We don’t presently know what is in e-cigarettes,”according to the American Lung Association. “However, in initial lab tests conducted in 2009 the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 various cartridges.”