The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has noticed an alarming trend in nicotine use among high-school age students. Among people between the ages of 18-24 years-old, 9.7% have tried an eCigarette and never tried an analog cigarette, this is only true for 3.2% of adults. Among adults, over 70% of eCig users are also smokers of conventional cigarettes.
Whether or not eCigs, or vaping, is less harmful than ordinary tobacco is unknown as of today because of a variety of factors, but the issue is important. Consumers need to know! A problem with this market, and of conducting research on health effects, is the huge assortment of different brands, flavors, devices, carrier liquids to convey nicotine to the bloodstream, and intentions for usage by the consumers. For this reason, the FDA has began regulating formulations and devices. Although backlash from people who have successfully stopped using conventional cigarettes and proprietors of businesses selling these products in boutique-like shops, with customized flavors, viscosities, and nicotine levels is legitimate because the harmful effects of tobacco use are known, the unknowns of vaping must also be respected. It is entirely possible for a specific chemical added by an eCig manufacturer to be a potent carcinogen. We will not know this unless enough people that have purchased and consumed ONLY that product die from cancer. While the upshot of more young people using only eCigs is that we’ll find out, the downside is that some of those people will definitely die in very specific, surprising, and horrible ways from a unique nuisance to public health.
Many people have excellent logic to support their own reasoning that they’ve reduced the harm to their health and quality of life by smoking eCigs instead of analog cigarettes. The tobacco industry, although not the inventors of vaping, researched it as a way to prolong the lives of their customers. This is, in part, because of the overwhelming amount of data proving that tobacco kills, causes cancer, and is addictive. Nicotine is addictive and is contained in eCigs. Many adults who are addicted to nicotine consider vaping a nicotine replacement and maintenance product, and in the US and Canada, nicotine inhalation systems have been approved for use as nicotine replacement products, but they were not electronic. One vapist we interviewed was in recovery from other drug addiction and called vaping “the methadone of nicotine addiction.” That is to say that the downsides to your quality of life are reduced, the smell is absent, the need to ignite and extinguish tobacco products is absent, and many report increased ability to exercise and breath well. Nobody reports that they can stop whenever they want. These products can reduce exposure to carcinogens and tar, but among adults, the addiction to the drug nicotine is still there and understood. For youth, the saga about eCigs mirrors that of cigarettes. They were released as addictive drugs with pleasant smells and colorful packaging, marketed to young people, and sold openly. Young people now seem to have bought in, but the danger to our youth that is certain is whether the current regulatory conditions can preserve the rights of adults to use nicotine in this form while the manufacturers and vendors exert their rights to free speech, but without ending up with a gateway for young people to begin an addiction to nicotine that will end with them smoking actual tobacco. We want to know what eCig users think about the products they use and the effects on their life, so we are conducting a focus group and giving free pizza to eCig smokers who want to share their experience with the products and regulations. Join us 7:00 pm on Friday April 8th, 2017 at:
Jules Thin Crust
78 S. Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
Call: 1.800.200.2229 for more information
To register for the focus group please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 215-680-1452 or call 800-200-2229
Limited space is available so contact us now.