More than 1 million people quit smoking in 2015, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Smoking-related deaths have fallen from 690,000 deaths in 2014 to 623,000 in 2015.
The CDC reported last month that the U.S. is the second-lowest-smokers-per-capita nation in the world after China, and the latest figures show that the rate of e–cigarette use has fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade.
The drop in smoking deaths has been attributed to e-cigarettes, a popular vaping device that is not sold in retail outlets and is sold as a nicotine replacement.
According to CDC data, the e-cig industry employs more than 4 million people worldwide and accounts for $3.3 billion in annual revenue.
The e-cigs, which emit nicotine, vapor and other chemicals into the air and produce a vapour that can be inhaled, are now used by almost one in four U. S. adults.
But some e-liquid brands have recently been making the e cig look good.
The number of e cigs sold in the U!s rose by more than 5% in the past year, to 3.5 million.
“It is a great example of innovation and the willingness to change the way we think about e-liquids,” said Dr. David Altman, an expert on e-juice addiction at Yale University School of Medicine and co-director of Yale’s Center for Tobacco Control Research.
“When it comes to health care, we are going to need to have a much more nuanced approach to addressing these issues, as we are now moving toward a more comprehensive and integrated approach.”
The CDC report does not include data on the e‐cigarette use of people who have never smoked.
But Altman said he believes it is important to take a broader look at the potential health benefits of the devices.
“The bottom line is that these devices are a much safer alternative to smoking,” he said.
“If you are not addicted to cigarettes, you don’t need an e- cig.
You don’t have to go through the withdrawal that comes with cigarettes.
There are other ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
The number one cause of death for young people is cardiovascular disease, which affects more than 9 million people.
But according to Altman and other experts, e-fats are the number one killer of adults and teens, with a potential death toll of more than 1.4 million.
Altman also noted that many people do not use e- cigarettes.
“There is a huge segment of the population who don’t even know they are addicted to them,” he added.
The report also noted some changes in the e cigarette market.
As consumers shift from traditional cigarettes to e cig, there has been a shift in the type of products sold.
The new models are much more liquid-like, which is easier to inhale and deliver a more pleasant flavor, Altman noted.
“We have seen that people are willing to spend more for a better product, and it has definitely been a positive shift in our market,” he noted.
The decline in smoking has also made the e Cigarette market an attractive investment for many investors, especially if they are looking to build a portfolio of e cigarette stocks.
Altmans recent e-tech investment has included a stock that trades on the NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq-100, among others.
Altmahn said he hopes that the market continues to develop and grow.
“I hope that we are seeing a lot of momentum and I think that this will be the next wave of growth,” he told CNBC.
“For the industry to get into this mainstream, it is going to take more than just the industry being a success story.”