E-cigarettes are all the rage and they are especially popular among the younger generations. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by vaporizing a nicotine-infused liquid, which is then inhaled. They are cheap, easy to use and produce less toxic substances in comparison to traditional cigarettes. However, some say that the hard-won progress in the war against big tobacco has lost ground due to the rising popularity of this new type of smoking system.
Agency Says E-Cigarettes Are as Good as Nicotine Patches
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), e-cigarettes are an acceptable smoking cessation tool when other strategies have failed and an individual is having a hard time kicking one's cigarette smoking habit. The AHA also says that e-cigarettes could be an equal or even better cigarette-quitting tool than nicotine patches.
Youth Addiction to E-Cigarettes a Concern
However, the AHA is particularly concerned about the rising popularity of e-cigarettes with minors. The organization worries that they are an attractive way for young people to become addicted to nicotine. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms the AHA’s concerns. The CDC’s Nicotine and Tobacco Research shows that the number of young people who have used e-cigarettes but never smoked a traditional one has tripled in recent years. The AHA is asking for new regulations that will keep young people from gaining access to e-cigarettes and put stricter controls on the marketing of these products to young people.
The director of the Center for Disease Control’s Office on Smoking and Health said that his organization is worried about any kind of nicotine use among America’s youth, no matter what kind of tobacco product it involves. He said that nicotine is extremely addictive and it can also hurt the development of adolescent brains.
In the 1990s numerous personal injury lawsuits were filed against tobacco companies regarding their marketing of tobacco products and their failure to disclose health risks and dangers associated with such products. Considering that the full scope of the potential dangers associated with e-cigarettes is unknown, it seems that we will have to wait and see what happens on this front with regard to this new kind of nicotine delivery system. In the meantime, concerned individuals may want to heed the advice of the AHA and only use e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, and only when other methods have failed.
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