Tobacco is a highly addictive plant that has been used for centuries. It contains nicotine, a chemical that hooks users and makes it difficult for them to quit. Unfortunately, tobacco kills up to half of its users who don't quit. This deadly substance claims the lives of more than 8 million people each year, including both smokers and non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
Despite efforts by tobacco retailers to card underage customers, young people claim that it is not hard for them to purchase tobacco products. The available data supports their claims, as underage tobacco and vape sales have increased across Wisconsin this year. This concerning trend is attributed to the confusion caused by conflicting state and federal laws regarding the sale of tobacco to minors.
To better understand the habits of smokers, vapers, and non-smokers, researchers have delved into the factors that influence their choices between smoking cigarettes and vaping. The results indicate that some smokers and vapers may be willing to switch between the two, while others may choose to abstain from both. This research sheds light on the complex dynamics of tobacco use and the potential for harm reduction.