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We already know that West Virginia has the highest percentage of smokers in the country, but other research – this time by ProVape – indicates that Mountain State is the “most obsessed with vaping” of all states.

If you’re wondering how we quantify obsession, research has focused on populations with “the highest search levels for the phrases ‘Vape shop’, ‘Vape’, ‘Vaping’ and ‘Vapes.'” West Virginia edged out second-place state Wyoming by an incredible amount. (The research appears to have been compiled with lower scores indicating more vaping obsession, so West Virginia’s total score was 6, Wyoming’s total score was 23, and California – least vape obsessive – scored 117).

Here’s the thing, the research was conducted by those who hope to market vaping as a safer alternative to smoking.

“This study proves how popular the vaping scene has become in America and highlights the states most interested in e-cigarettes,” ProVape said when announcing the research. “It’s exciting to see how technology has adapted over the years, with many cigarette smokers trying to ditch the traditional habit and switch to a vaper. Using vapes in moderation could have benefits. huge long-term benefits.

And maybe that’s it. Perhaps we should be encouraged that people in West Virginia might be looking for ways to quit smoking.

But if that’s the case, it’s important to understand that vaping is not “sure,” although it may be a little less harmful than smoking. Johns Hopkins Reports “In February 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 2,807 cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette or vaping use (EVALI) and 68 deaths attributed to this condition.”

Vaping can also be bad for your heart, as the toxic nicotine is always inhaled. And vaping can be just as expensive and addictive as smoking.

More Johns Hopkins: “Despite being promoted as an aid to help you quit smoking, e-cigarettes have not received Food and Drug Administration approval as smoking cessation devices. A recent study found that most people who intended to use e-cigarettes to kick the nicotine habit ended up continuing to use both traditional and e-cigarettes.

This may mean that we end up having the highest percentage of smokers AND vapers here at any given time. It’s a cost—both in terms of financial blow AND health—West Virginia simply cannot afford to pay.



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