Up in smoke: Tobacco myths persist 50 years
Tobacco misconceptions are still prevalent in the United States despite the dramatic drop in smoking rates since the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health in January 1964.(1)
Tobacco Myth #1: Almost no one smokes any more.(1)
Fact: About 43.8 million people still smoke. That’s almost one in five people in the United States.
Tobacco Myth #2: e-Cigarettes, cigars and hookahs are safe alternatives.(1)
Fact: All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and hookahs, have nicotine. And it’s nicotine’s highly addictive properties that make these products harmful.