By Paul Fitzgerald
Doctors and health experts alike contend e-cigs useful tool for reducing or stopping tobacco addiction
It seems as though some people are hitting the panic button when it comes to teenagers and even young adults in their 20s using nicotine free electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).
The latest so-called social panic of today’s youth using e-cigs is nothing to really be concerned about, according to doctors and health experts in Canada, the USA and around the globe.
E-cigs are a new trend and is expected to soon be a $14-billion industry here in North America. That figure is expected to triple globally.
E-cigs are simply battery-powered devices that are inhaled by vapour. They are tobacco-less and are not laced with hundreds of potent chemicals.
It is estimated that in Canada and the USA, the number of teens and young adults using e-cigs has risen from 2.7 percent to nearly 5% in the last year alone.
Outside a local variety store a group of teens skateboarding in a parking lot sport their e-cigs like teens did in years past when smoking was cool.
“I am not bugging anybody when I use these things,” says James Mitchell, 19, while puffing on a vape outside of a 7-Elevn store in Burlington, ON. “There is no tobacco in this thing. I don’t get all the bad chemicals and they don’t smell. They are kind of cool you know and I really have no intention with becoming a smoker. I don’t know what all the fuss is about with vapes – they are great and keep our bodies clean.”
Boston University’s Dr. Michael Siegel stresses that e-cigarettes are an incredibly useful tool for reducing or stopping tobacco smoking altogether. “Literally hundreds of thousands of smokers have successfully quit or cut down substantially on the amount they smoke thanks to electronic cigarettes,” he says during an interview. “They are helping to reduce disease among smokers and nonsmokers alike.”
Dr. Seigel adds that many anti-smoking activists “oppose these products because they are blinded by ideology: they find it difficult, if not impossible, to endorse a behavior that looks like smoking, even though it is literally saving people’s lives.”
This past weekend more noteworthy research was unveiled with e-cigs.
A study published in the Lancet Medical Journal and presented at a conference in Spain, is the first of its kind to assess whether e-cigs are more or less effective than nicotine patches. The findings: Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes to try to kick their habit are at least as likely to succeed in quitting or cutting down as users of nicotine patches.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) tobacco use caused over 6 million deaths annually and may rise to over 10 million by 2025.
There are literally droves of companies in Canada offering the new “vape” experience.
One in particular that is resonating with young adults and even professionals is GET Vaporizers. This is one innovative company on the move.
They are now revolutionizing the market of nutritional and herbal supplements, inventing new and innovative products to help people live healthier lives. They are becoming a widely recognized brand and each month the company’s sales continue to climb.
“Our goal is to offer natural remedies to heal the body and promote active lifestyles,” says Jack Manson, VP of Sales for GET Vaporizers.
“Our aim is to provide the most convenient and safest way for people to use natural alternatives instead of dangerous pharmaceuticals. We researched natural remedies, nutritional supplements and herbal extracts to see what would be the most useful to our customers. We found natural alternatives but we wanted to launch something that would make people say, ‘Wow that looks cool.’ So we developed specially designed electronic vaporizers to supply the same natural remedies through water vapor. GET Vaporizers are packed with natural ingredients, herbal extracts and tasty flavors.”
Manson explains that GET is a company that focuses on the quality of nutrients and herbal extracts that are put into its vaporizers.
“When we say 100% natural, it’s not a blanket statement, we stand by our commitment to provide Canadian consumers with pure herbal ingredients,” he says. “We believe that quality is always greater than quantity; the herbal extracts we procure are not outsourced to mainstream vendors, but obtained from our own facilities. Providing vaporizers that offer pure herbal ingredients means we simply take the healing power of nature and put it in the palm of your hands.”
Their products come in all sorts of themes, including Energy, Intimacy, Relaxation and Lean.
Need a little energy boost to get you going? Their Energy vaporizers are perfect for those situations when you need a little boost in performance. A few puffs will get you going strong all through the day.
An appetite is hard to control often making us eat more than we need which results in gaining a few extra pounds. The problem is that our appetite is directly linked to the pleasure system in our brain. When we eat our brain rewards us by releasing serotonin and dopamine, which cause pleasure. This can often times result in over-eating just for the sake of releasing those chemicals. The GET Lean vaporizer helps to combat appetite and help you control how much you eat.
The Relaxed brand will do just that – help you deal with the stress of everyday life. We are constantly being stressed from our daily activities, making us feel tired and exhausted. Sometimes we just need to stop and relax a little, just to clear our heads.
The Intimate brand was designed to bring passion back into people’s lives. At some point in our lives we may experience low libido and an extra boost is required to keep the passion alive. It’s a situation most of us will encounter at one point in our life, but there are options available to restore your sexual health and Intimate is a great to check out.
The prices for each flavor/theme are only $9.99 and the life span for each vapor e-cig is about two packs of cigarettes. Stores carrying the product include Little Short Stop (30 stories in Cambridge and Kitchener area), Quickie Convenience Stores, Ultramar, Pioneer, Value Drug Mart, and independent convenience stores.
In Cambridge, ON, Doug and Stacey Valentine, indicate that they would rather have their kids using e-cigs over the real thing.
“They are only vapes so there is really no big deal,” says Doug.
Stacey adds, “I would rather my kids when they grow up use these instead of tobacco – they will live longer.”
Sky Simmons, 23, of Kitchener, ON, says she has been using GET Vapes for a while and enjoys them tremendously.
“I get that boost of energy without having to use all the sugars that come in energy drinks and they can be harmful,” says Simmons. “I also use their Relaxation products as it gives me a calm cooling feeling when I am a bit stressed.”