Vaping as in smoking vaper is a modern and unfortunate staple that has flooded our streets and buildings. Though not really admitted, E-cigarette companies are targeting our youth and young adults. It is made to look so cool and attractive like one of the latest smartphones. The e-cig devices come in all shape and sizes, along with several popular flavors. To attract those trying to quit smoking, some E-cig companies offer pods containing 5 or more mgs the active and addictive chemical Nicotine .
According to a well known organization, just one Pod of some popular E-cig brands (like JUUL) contains enough Nicotine for one ENTIRE pack of traditional cigarettes. According to an April 2018 Truth Initiative® survey of more than 1,000 youth between 12 and 17 years old. Buying these smoking or “vaping” devices have never been more simple, you can buy them online and some stores fail to ask for ID.
I want to add a bit of personal experience with an E-cig. Back in 2010, the Blu E-cig was still a brand new and amazing thing. At the time i was a social smoker, and I really wanted to stop. I fell for the exceptional info-mercials ,paid the $100.00 and waited with anticipation and glee for the delivery! It finally arrived, all black with a touch of blue, about the same size as an actual cigarette, fancy box and all. I was excited and cursing all the my failed attempts with nicotine patches and flavorless gum. The first puff was extremely violent towards my lungs, I though I just had to get used to it thats all. The coughing and heaving just got worse. Truth be told I ended up in the hospital a few days later with full blown Bronchitis that turned into Pneumonia for me.
The main point for the electronic cigarette is to be a “safer” alternative than smoking actual cigarette. But we are noticing more and more people heading to the hospital and unfortunately to the morgue due to vaping from lung illnesses. Question , is this counterproductive? What we might find out is that some people trying quitting smoking go to vaping as an alternative can end up sick. They may still have urges for nicotine , so its quite possible they may just go back to cigarettes anyway. It’s a revolving door.
What I am mostly concerned about is that since the vaping cigs are being advertised towards teens and young adults. I’ve seen some research based organizations are stating that if you use electronic cigarettes or electronic hookahs, you’re four times more likely to end up smoking cigarettes. According to NBC News, 22 hospitalizations from lung illnesses have occurred due to vaping .
To each his own, Que sera, sera . If that’s your thing, more power to you. Just be careful with your health and research.