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Daily Digit: Vaping doesn't help you quit smoking

Sam Matthews
Producer

Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today, we’re looking at the myth that switching to e-cigarettes is an effective way to quit smoking. New research shows that 90% of cigarette smokers who switch to vaping are still smoking a year later. Despite the manufacturers’ claims that nicotine vapor offers a healthy alternative to cigarette smoke, there have been no definitive studies on the long-term health effects of inhaling the chemical ingredients of liquid nicotine. Last year, Juul Labs, the leading manufacturer of e-cigarettes, saw revenue increase by 787%, and the total market is expected to grow to $48 billion in the next five years.