Smoking In America Today

Smoking In America Today

An increasing number of Americans believe both public and private smoking should be illegal. The tobacco industry has taken notice by pushing electronic and lower-nicotine cigarettes. Meanwhile, new screening standards aim to save more smokers from lung cancer. Diane and her guests discuss the state of smoking in America today.

Nearly 90 million Americans are smokers or former smokers. But the number of adults smoking traditional cigarettes is on the decline. Causes include tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma. Tobacco companies and others have taken notice: electronic cigarettes have become a booming business, and new research is being done to drastically lower nicotine levels in regular cigarettes. Many think these new developments could save thousands of lives, while others worry they provide a false sense of security and want the Food and Drug Administration to step in soon with new regulations on nicotine. Diane and her guests discuss the latest trends in smoking in America today.


Dr. Tim McAfee

director of Office of Smoking and Health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mitch Zeller

director of Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Thomas Glynn

director of Cancer Science and Trends for the American Cancer Society.

Michael Felberbaum

reporter for Associated Press.

Craig Weiss

president and CEO of NJOY, makers of electronic cigarettes.

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