vaping is bad--especially for men and boys

Vaping: Not an Equal-Opportunity Problem

Dear Healthy Men: There have been a lot of vaping-related injuries and deaths lately, but I haven’t heard anything about the male-female difference. You’ve written about how men are more likely than women to abuse drugs and alcohol. I’m wondering whether the same gender imbalance applies to smoking cigarettes and vaping.

A: In a word, Yes. And the fact that you haven’t seen much coverage of the gender difference is a big clue: the media loves male-vs-female comparisons, and when you don’t see one, it’s almost always because male victims outnumber females.

With regard to cigarette smoking, among American adults 18 and older, more males than females are current smokers (roughly 17.5% vs. 13.5%), according to the CDC, the American Lung Association and other sources. Among high schoolers, the difference is smaller, but males still dominate, 9% vs. 7%.

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Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.

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