Debate heats up in 2019 as e-cigarettes take over the popularity of tobacco cigarettes
New research suggests that we’re heading towards a direction which shows vaping devices and e-cigarettes to be replacing tobacco cigarettes for good. As per recent reports, the total number of high school seniors who vaped in the last year spurred by 38%, a figure which is up from 27% in 2017. Specifically, nicotine vaping in particular, which is the closest to smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes, has also increased from 10 to 22% within a span of 1 year. And if you thought this is the first report to imply an increase in teen vaping, you’re wrong.
As the number of non-smoking teens who started vaping begun to increase, the US Food and Drug Administration directed the agency to limit the sale of electronic cigarettes and flavored e-liquids so that they could curb the looming epidemic. The commissioner of FDA reportedly said that he couldn’t allow an entire generation of teenagers to get addicted to nicotine via e-cigarettes like V2 Cigs. Let’s take a look at few issues which can be predicted in 2019.
Marketing the plethora of e-liquid flavours
As long as vape cartridge flavors are concerned, they range from sour apple to mango to caramel and these flavours are the ultimate sticking point which is helping the surge in the habit of vaping among teenagers. A professor of Alabama University believes that these flavours are appealing to the young generation. These are the things which were banned from traditional cigarettes as that would attract more youths to use them.
The FDA also recently found out that the companies are using illicit and illegal chemicals in electronic cigarettes and this could possibly lead to a ban on electronic cigarettes for few companies. This ban would encourage a decrease and reduction of toxic chemicals in electronic cigarettes which would in turn limit their usage.
Is this going to work?
However the biggest question is that even after the FDA crackdown, is this going to reduce vaping rates among teens or is it just going to make the habit more interesting and appealing? It is true that knowledge doesn’t always lead to a change in behavior and hence the authorities are hopeful that the educators, parents and paediatricians will now onwards be more careful and open about discussing the harm caused to the health of teenagers when they vaped in nicotine.
This entire generation needs to understand that vaping is being promoted as a smoking cessation alternative and hence it is the best tool for someone who is trying hard to quit smoking. But if they thought that they could give vaping a try only to get addicted to it in the near future, this is not something that should be encouraged by the elders.