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The New Research On Vaping

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There is an astonishing surge in e-cigarettes. Vaping was meant for adults attempting to quit cigarettes, but in truth, it made many people who were uninterested in “smoking” take up a new hobby.

E-cigarettes are much more popular among children and adolescents today – there has been a spike in tobacco use among this demographic since 2017. (1) In fact, 3% of adults are using such devices – but 20% of youth are. Blame the sexy packaging, the incessant Instagram ads, even the appealing flavors. Researchers at Yale University found that the ads themselves are activating the reward centers in teenagers’ brains.

Like it or not, vaping is big business and it is everywhere. Although smoking is declining, e-cigarettes are just gaining momentum and popularity. As an example, there were 7 million users in 2011 and 35 million a few years ago. There is substantial evidence that teens that try vaping are also more likely to try conventional cigarettes, according to The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine. (2)

Juul has a popular e-cigarette that looks like a USB flash drive. However, one of its pods pack as much nicotine as 1-2 packs of cigarettes. (1) In many cases, adolescents are not aware of the nicotine in the products they were using.

How could something be dangerous when it smells like an apple?

There have been at least 1,479 cases across every State but Alaska connected to e-cigarettes. Vaping-linked illnesses have put seemingly healthy people in the hospital, many of whom were young men with a median age of 19. Many of these previously fit and healthy men were quickly in intensive care or on respirators. Coughing, chest pain, or shortness of breath were early symptoms before their hospitalization and many were diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome, which is a life-threatening condition that involves fluid buildup in the lungs. (2)

The majority – although not all of these cases – have been linked to THC vaping, but a nationwide investigation has found no particular vaping devices that have been linked to all patients.

1.     Vaping Gone Viral: The Astonishing Surge In Teens’ E-Cigarette Use. Vox.https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/12/18/18144951/juul-vaping-e-cigarettes Retrieved 22 October 2019.

2.    Knowles, Hannah and Lena H. Sun. What We Know About The Mysterious Vaping Linked Illnesses And Death. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/09/07/what-we-know-about-mysterious-vaping-linked-illnesses-deaths/ Retrieved 22 October 2019.

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3.    New Research Offers Clues To The Effects Of Vaping. CBS News. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-finds-teen-brains-respond-to-ads-for-flavored-vaping-products-2019-09-13/ Retrieved 22 October 2019. 

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