Teenagers are switching regular cigarettes for a trendy smoking device. E-Cigarettes are preferred by teens as they are cool and taste good, and are becoming more and more popular among teenager living in the United States.
Reports from the Centre of Control and Prevention have shown that between 2013 and 2014 the consumption of e-cigarettes among teenagers has tripled, meaning that in 2013, 4.5% teenagers were using cigarettes and by 2014 the numbers have increased to 13.4%. In the same period, regular cigarettes have shown a serious decrease in sales, from 12.7% to 9.2%.
This statistics are raising the big question, whether e cigarettes are a threat for public health and if new regulations have to be released.
Studies have previously demonstrated that there are some flavour chemicals in the e cigarettes fluids, like chocolate, grape, cotton candy, vanilla and so on. The amount of flavour contained by the liquid was somewhere between 10 to 40 mg/mL.
What is concerning is the fact that 6 out of 24 ingredients used to give flavour to liquids belong to a group of chemicals known as aldehydes, substances that can cause respiratory irritations.
According to the CDC, half of the teens were smoking more than one type of products,( out of 4.6 million teenagers, 2.2 admitted to smoking several types of cigarettes)among which on the first position were e-cigarettes, followed by hookah and on the third place were standard cigarettes.
But the big picture has shown that teenagers are still consumers of tobacco, as the numbers of teens smoking tobacco has went up from 22.9% to 24.6%. All these statistics have alarmed the group of people who are against tobacco use, and they fear that e-cigarettes will lead to a brand new generation of nicotine addicts who at one point in their life will change the e-cigarettes for the standard ones.
Doctor Tom Frieden the head of the Centres for Control Disease and Prevention is fearing that exposing teenagers to nicotine use may develop into brain damage and lead to nicotine addiction.
Another official who showed concerns was, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, Mitch Zeller, who stated that all the progress they had made in breaking down cigarette use among teenagers might be in danger. Surveys, have reported that teenagers see e-cigarettes just as casual as their phone or their laptop.
A large amount stated that the reason why they were using e-cigarettes was to help them quit smoking standard cigarettes or weed, while others stated that they were not cigarettes smokers but they enjoyed e-cigarettes as they are cool and they taste good.
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