On the third Thursday of every November, the US celebrates the Great American Smokeout. An event that aims to educate the public about the dangers of smoking, by organizing activities with the aim of encouraging smokers to quit the deadly habit.
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In an attempt to bring these smoking rates down, the Live Well Allegheny campaign is informing the public about the PA Free Quitline, which offers personalized coaching sessions and free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges). Sadly, electronic cigarettes are not recommended as cessation aides, on the contrary in Allegheny vaping is regulated in the same way as smoking.
Following a number of public hearings and a public consultation that was launched last February, a measure which banned vaping in restaurants and public places was passed, in a move that extended the county’s smoking ban to include vaping products.
E-cigarettes remain smokers’ preferred cessation aides
Additionally, a recent study from Georgetown University Medical Center, indicated that up to 6.6 million early deaths could be avoided across the country, if smokers had to switch to e-cigarettes. The researchers of this study said that the collective amount of extra years lived by those 6.6 million smokers who could switch to vaping, would add up to an astounding 86.7 million years. “Old policies need to be supplemented with policies that encourage substituting e-cigarettes for the far more deadly cigarettes,” said study co-author David Levy.
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