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Teens using E-Cigs

Vaping may have issues yet to be discovered.
Vaping may have issues yet to be discovered.
photo credit: Michael Dorausch

The use of tobacco has limitations per the law put on it. Teen cannot purchase tobacco products until they are at least 18 years of age. This put the kibosh on many a kid getting hooked on smoking. That was until E-Cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) hit the marketplace.

As Lisa Winter put it in her article posted yesterday, “There’s no such thing as a safe cigarette.” Winter posted about the latest studies showing the health risks E-Cigs have on people.

Although this latest fad was originally marketed to be a harmless smoking alternative, and anyone of any age was buying up these devices, the fact remains that although long-term effects are not currently available, recent studies have shown that the electronic smoking device still contains tiny particles capable of irritating lung tissue and as Winter stated from her source, could cause disease.

Many non-smokers have realized that these modern electronic cigs have been available for the past decade. It has only been recently that they have gained their popularity. Instead of smoking dried tobacco leaves that have been drenched in in nearly 600 additives; 69 of which are carcinogenic, these devices are battery-powered and heat a liquid solution combining nicotine and various flavors. Once heated the e-liquid, as it is called, becomes an aerosol that is inhaled to simulate the physical sensation of smoking – or what is referred to as “vaping.”

Electronic Cigarettes come in a variety of forms; higher end models allow the smoker to adjust the voltage from the battery. This helps the user to regulate the intensity of the heating element which in turn affects the nicotine level – the hotter the e-liquid gets, the more nicotine is dispersed.

Unfortunately the e-liquid also affects other substances in it which can convert them into substances like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde which are not very healthy to inhale. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic when inhaled. The greater voltage the less safe this device becomes and the more like smoking a normal cigarette it becomes!

Although the particles dislodged from the device are typically about half of that of a regular cigarette, the fact remains that particles are still settling into the alveoli and can cause disease because of the burden placed on the lungs.

So parents, while “vaping” is still in its initial stages of study, it is still comparable, even by half, to the typical cigarette. Time will tell what related health risks your kids can form after years of using an E-Cig. To be certain, pay attention to all of the latest details. For more information about the particular study Lisa Winter wrote about, check out the full study at:

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