The industry has come under intense pressure from health groups and governments to make e-cigs safer, but the industry says it has failed to do so.
The American Lung Association, a trade group for the industry, and the American Cancer Society last week released a joint statement that said e-cigarette use among young people has dropped significantly since 2013.
The two groups say that’s because vaping is safer than smoking and has been linked to fewer cases of cancer.
While the two groups said they could not quantify the impact of vaping on cancer rates, they called on the government to make it more difficult for companies to sell the devices and banned sales of e-liquids that contain nicotine.
A spokesman for the American Lung association said in a statement that it supports the efforts of the government, regulators and the vaping industry to increase the availability of e‑cigarettes, but it does not support the use of ecigarettes in smoking cessation programs or in promoting tobacco use among youth.
The vaping industry says that e-cig users have a higher rate of smoking cessation than those who don’t use e-liquid, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in September that included data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It also said that those who use e‑cigs have lower rates of chronic diseases and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
More than half of those surveyed in the study, which surveyed more than 9,000 adults, said they had used e-vapor in the last year.
Researchers also found that those surveyed who said they vape regularly were less likely to smoke cigarettes than those surveyed less often.