Just when you think that the executive order banning smoking in public places might force chainsmokers to quit their nasty habit, think again. A lot of people stopped smoking, but they only switched to another risky vice: vaping.
While vaping has become more popular, teen cigarette smoking rates have decreased by 1.1 million, from 17 million in 2009 to 15.9 million in 2015. The rise of these e-cigarettes might sound like great news, as they don’t expose the lungs to tobacco carcinogens. But health experts worry that kids will eventually become addicted to nicotine via the sweet-tasting vaping, and eventually turn them into tobacco users.
Here are a few reasons why you should do some research before going to the dark side:
You’re still hooked on nicotine
While the new vap-cig-thing is being marketed as a healthier and glamorous alternative, public health officials are saying that vaping delivers nicotine, an addictive drug, as well as some toxins. They point to certain studies showing that vapes don’t really help people quit tobacco. More importantly, the popularity of nicotine vaping counters public awareness efforts and successes.
The flavors are nothing but smoke and mirrors
Smoking may have changed its form, but it still doesn’t change the fact that nicotine is dangerously addictive. You may not feel that strong burn in your mouth, but that doesn’t make them safe. The flavors are designed to be as cute as strawberries, bubble gum, and even chocolate. This “friendly fire” marketing strategy by manufacturers produced thousands of flavors within children’s reach.
Vape manufacturers are today’s large tobacco companies
If you’re a smoker, you probably noticed that the packaging of cigarettes has changed since 2015. Graphic images of the effects of smoking are now being shown at the front of the box. It’s the result of many years of bad publicity, lawsuits, and deaths due to smoking. But since vape pens don’t carry the same stigma, which includes skin discoloration and awful smell, among other things, more e-cigs are being manufactured. Sadly, it became one of the top products with the fastest market growth rates.
Whether you’re taking combusted smoke or vapor into your lungs, there are going to be a lot of serious health implications that come along with it. That being said, there is still a possibility that you can overcome your long-established smoking habits if you start leading a healthier lifestyle. It’s as small a step as changing the way you view going outside as not a chance to smoke cigarettes, but a way to turn your focus toward the world around you.