It’s no secret that the use of nicotine products has skyrocketed among teens in the past ten years. Although vaping is considered a “healthier alternative” to smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco, what are the negative effects of using these products at such a young age, is there a solution, and what are the potential outcomes.
The popular e-cigarette company known as Juul claims on their website that they, “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes.” The company has recently come under fire for its considerable popularity amongst people from the age of 13-21. Because of this, the age to buy tobacco products nationally rose from 18 to 21. Along with this, the FDA banned the company from selling flavors of pods that are “targeted” towards teens like mango, mint, and fruit medley. However, this didn’t stop other companies from hopping on the bandwagon.
Recently countless new companies have arisen that sell disposable, e-cigarettes that have a significantly larger variety of fruity flavors, and although they are more difficult to acquire with the age restrictions, kids can still get their hands on them.
Healthline says that vaping can be harmful to your body in multiple ways. The liquid used in e-cigarettes can release tiny aerosols into your heart and lungs that can clog important arteries, veins, etc. It can also damage the teeth, gums, and cause cancer. Although many of the harmful chemicals that are in cigarettes are not in vapes, there are many other dangerous chemicals in the new products.
Although the government has made changes that have helped reduce teen nicotine use, they are still far from solving the problem.
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