E-Cigarettes A New Gadget For Smoking

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E-Cigarettes have become more prevalent in middle schools and high schools across the country, according to a recent article in the New York Times. While many do believe E-Cigarettes are far less dangerous than traditional cigarettes this study is worrisome nonetheless as the effects of these E-Cigarettes on ones health are not yet fully understood. Additionally, since there haven’t been numerous amounts of research done on E-Cigarettes some fear that the producer’s promotional message that it’s a healthier option than traditional cigarettes is creating a gateway for younger kids to experiment in tobacco use. “One of the biggest concerns among health officials is the potential for e-cigarettes to become a path to smoking among young people who otherwise would not have experimented.”

According, to the Tobacco Facts and Figures at BeTobaccofree.gov, “Each day, more than 3,600 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and more than 900 begin smoking on a daily basis.” Assuming that this fact is based on the conventional cigarette, I can only wonder what the number of people would increase to if the Food and Drug administration started doing research on E-cigarettes what the outcome would be. Based on this article the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate E-Cigarettes but plans to do so in the future.

Tobacco use and its health concerns isn’t a new story for many of the public. It’s the idea now that E-cigarettes have been produced and are trying to promote that it’s a healthier option to smoking when in actuality the research is extremely unclear and the health issues may be the same as the plain old cigarette.  “Researchers say their health effects are not yet clear, though most acknowledge that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.”

Teens, adults and kids love new gadgets, we all do! So why not have a gadget for the cigarette? Battery powered, convenient, a new “healthy way of smoking” vaporized nicotine doesn’t sound so bad now does it?


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