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Are E-cigarettes Better for One’s Health?

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Are E-cigarettes Better for One’s Health?

October 18
18:53 2017

The use of tobacco in the United States dates back centuries. Some of the American Indians used native tobacco plants for medicinal use for many years, but native tobacco was not as conducive for commercial production.

In 1607, English settlers established James Fort, later to be named Jamestown. The settlement was established by the Virginia Company of London. However, the early English settlers struggled to survive for the first few years. 

In 1612, John Rolfe, an Englishman who somehow had managed to obtain seeds for a species of tobacco known as Nicotiana tabacum. The Spanish guarded these seeds and anyone caught selling them to a non-Spaniard would be executed. No one knows how Rolfe obtained the seeds, but he brought them with him to Jamestown in 1612. He found that the settlers were nearly starving and had nothing to really trade with for goods from England. Rolfe started the settlers planting his seeds.

In 1614, the Jamestown settlers sent their first shipment of tobacco to England, where it was extremely popular and successful.

By 1639, the English settlers had shipped 750 tons of tobacco back to England and trade with the colony was off and running, providing them with materials and supplies they needed to weather the winters.

Ever since then, tobacco has been a huge cash crop for many farmers in the southcentral and southeastern colonies and states. Over the past thirty years, tobacco farms have dropped from about 180,000 in the 1980s to about 12,000 in 2012. However, the United States is still the fourth largest producer of tobacco, surpassed only by Brazil, China and India. Currently, three states – Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina – produce nearly 80% of all of the tobacco grown in the United States.  

The main reason tobacco is such a huge cash crop is because it is addictive. Maybe not as addictive as cocaine or heroin, but is still highly addictive to the point where many people are unable to quit using tobacco products. This is why in 2016, about 258 billion cigarettes were sold in the United States.

In 2003, a Chinese pharmacist by the name of Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette. They were slow to gain popularity, but by 2012-2013, they were extremely popular in the US, with most of them still made in China.

Many people believe that e-cigarettes will help them quit smoking and are less dangerous than real cigarettes, but is that true?

According to a recent report:

“Switching to e-cigarettes won’t solve all the health problems smokers face. For example, e-cigarettes are still addictive, and studies suggest that they may be bad for heart health. But compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes — which, in addition to nicotine, are full of tar and other toxins— e-cigarettes could be a less-risky option, a new study suggests.”

In other words, e-cigarettes are not a good way to stop smoking and they still present health risks, just not as great of ricks as cigarettes. Therefore, they may be a better option, however, they are most likely not nearly as healthy as many smokers believe.

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