Up in smoke: a look into e-cigarettes

Vaping is something everyone has heard of in recent years. There is a lot of concern about its popularity considering that vaping and its effects are not well understood yet.

Vaping among teens has gained attention recently because it has become so widespread and the risks for teens are now understood at this point.

Electronic cigarettes were introduced and marketed as an aid to help smokers quit smoking or offer a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. These goals have worked for some and that is incredible, but most vaping products are not harmless. There have been instances of the pens exploding and causing serious injury. There is also a lot of concern about the ingredients that are in the juices and what the long term effects may be.

Studies done by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently have shown that the ingredients in vape juices can include “cancer-causing chemicals” and “flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease.” These substances are not the harmless water vapor that some people think they are. Lung cancer is the biggest killer in the United States of both men and women.

Vape juice is not the tar and rat poison found in cigarettes, but it is still a very real threat that should be treated with caution.

More research needs to be done in finding out how to actually make vape juices that include no cancer-causing agents and are safe for long term consumption. This research then needs to be enforced by laws that regulate the production of these products to their safest possible standard.
The government should take action to try to protect the population from the newest smoking trend because at some point in history cigarettes were thought to be safe as well.

Vaping flavorings have come under fire recently as well because some think that the wide variety of flavors may encourage adolescents to try it.

Vaping among teenagers has become common-place. The CDC reports in 2018, “more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, including 4.9% of middle school students and 20.8% of high school students.”

Every teenager that goes to school has most likely seen at least one peer using a vaping device already. The vapor does not always leave a strong smell and disappears relatively quickly so that teachers and parents can not always catch kids in the act.

Vaping poses a distinct risk to teenagers because like cigarettes, vapes include nicotine. Nicotine affects the development of the brain in adolescents and can affect “parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.”

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