E-Cigarettes are indeed dangerous. The United States Surgeon General finally published a report and created a website on e-cigarette dangers in December 2016. It was not until May 2016 when the United States Food and Drug Administration finally created regulations on e-cigarettes. The dangers of e-cigarette usage include nicotine addiction, harm to the brain and lungs, linkage to other drug use, and linkage to cigarette usage, among other things.
It is alarming how e-cigarette usage has increased dramatically since 2013. In fact, according to the Surgeon General’s report, over 25% of students in grades 6-12 and over 33% of young adults have tried e-cigarettes. These products are also known as e-cigs, mods, e-hookahs, vape pens, and tank systems. The problem with these products is the nicotine, the harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, the harm to the lungs and to the brain, and their linkage to usage of other drugs like alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine, among others. They are also linked to a greater propensity to usage of regular cigarettes.
The Surgeon General’s report was based upon the research of over 150 scientists and public health professionals. Research continues to better define the risks of these products. In the meantime, the Surgeon General advises citizens to be aware of the dangers and to prevent usage of these e-cigarettes and other nicotine products. Please do peruse the Surgeon General’s references as well as our previous posts on this subject.
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