E-cigarettes became popular in 2007. Many people believed that using e-cigarettes would help them to quit smoking, and that vaping was safer than cigarettes which turned out to be false. Vaping devises like vape-pods, hookas, e-pipes, and e-cigars have become very popular also.
The Center for Disease Control claims that vaping among middle and high school students tripled from around 660,000 vapers in 2013 to more than two million in 2014 and that number is climbing. Among adults using vaping products in 2014, 12.6 percent of adults had a history of vaping, and 3.7 percent currently use the e-cigarettes. Vaping has become the most popular used tobacco product among young people and adults.
The marketers of e-cigarettes claim consumers are only inhaling harmless water vapor, but only a small portion is water. So what is an e-cigarette? Why is it so popular you might ask?
An e-cigarette is a battery-operated product that looks like cigarettes and provides nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. These products by the manufacturers target teenagers and young adults by claiming e-cigarettes offer the pleasures of smoking without smoke, smell, carcinogens, tar and the carbon monoxide of regular cigarettes. E-cigarette companies know young people are attracted to the over 15,000 e-liquid flavors. Some of the sweet and fruity flavors that appeal to young people are cereal and milk, mango, cherry cola, bubble gum, creme, chocolate mint, blueberry cheesecake, and fruit punch. These are a few of the many flavors on the market aimed at teenagers.
The New York State Department of Health has received numerous reports from New York State physicians of severe lung-related illnesses among patients whose ages range from 14 to 71 years old. These patients were using at least one vape product prior to becoming ill. Symptoms from using the e-cigarettes include shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, fever, nausea or vomiting. Juul, the top-selling vaping product on the market, has reached an income of over 38 billion dollars. With its slick design and USB-shaped devise, there is widespread use of Juul by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.
All Juul products have nicotine in them and are harmful to young people. Nicotine can harm the developing brain of adolescents and young adults which can lead to lower impulse control and mood disorders, disrupt attention and learning, and addiction to alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine.
The vaping device consists of a mouthpiece, a cartridge that contains the vaping liquid, a heating element, and a battery. You inhale through the mouthpiece, and the battery activates the heating element, which turns the liquid into an aerosol that you inhale and exhale like cigarette smoke. Most of the vaping product contains aerosol produced solvents that contain harmful substances, nicotine, flavoring agents, ultra-fine particles, volatile compounds, carcinogenic compounds, and heavy metals.
It is difficult to know what’s in a vape pen because some of these e-cigarettes are sold on the black market, and the contents have turned out to be dangerous drugs that have resulted in deaths. Some ingredients have been flakka which is a synthetic drug that is cheap and deadly. It causes paranoid psychosis, increases in body temperature, as well as insensitivity to pain, and fatigue. Several people have overdosed. Some have become addicted to vaping which has affected the brain causing brain disease. Symptoms may appear after a few days of using the vaping product to several weeks after e-cigarette use.
San Francisco has become the first state to ban e-cigarette sales. These e-cigarette products are not as safe as they claim to be. If you are using these vaping products to help you quit smoking, researchers have claimed it is unproven. As of October 2019, 1,888 cases of e-cigarette or vaping product use have been associated with lung injury. This has been reported to the CDC from 49 states, and 37 deaths have been reported. Investigations continue as to the specific compound in the vaping products causing lung injuries and deaths.
The best way to avoid potentially harmful effects is to discontinue the use of e-cigarettes or not to start vaping. Health is wealth.