Nov 18 2018

Don’t be fooled that vaping is better than cigarettes.

Published by at 1:40 pm under Damngerous Chemicals

Don’t be fooled that vaping is better than cigarettes.

Beware of the risks of vaping and the promises you hear from manufacturers.*

There’s good news and there is bad news. The good news is that cigarette smoking among high school and middle school aged kids is down. Forty years ago, 29% of high school seniors said they smoked cigarettes daily, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015, that number had decreased to only 5.5%, which was an all time low. The CDC reported similar findings showing 4.3% fewer middle school kids and 15.8% fewer high school kids admitted to smoking between 2011 and 2017.1*

The bad news? Vaping has become the new alternative to smoking cigarettes and a different pathway for kids to get addicted to nicotine. It administers higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes and can be harder to kick the habit once hooked. According to Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on tobacco control, 25% of high schoolers are current e-cigarette users.1*

Vaping is not new. The devices have been around in some form or another for nearly 30 years, with the current iteration having made its way to the US commercial market from China in 2007. Vaping devices include vape pens and e-cigarettes  They were originally marketed as a great way to help  people kick the habit of smoking cigarettes. But don’t be fooled. The unfortunate part is e-cigarettes have really taken off with younger kids who think vaping is not bad for them and can vape with little detection by parents and teachers. (1,2)*

What’s the difference between regular cigarettes and vaping?

Cigarettes are a combustible or burned product. Cigarettes are lit, the tobacco is burned and the smoke is inhaled. Vaping involves no burning or combustion but instead releases an aerosol which is inhaled that looks like smoke but is instead the vapor. Many make the mistake of believing that this vapor or aersol is as harmless as water vapor. But it consists of fine particles containing toxic chemicals many of which have been linked to cancer, respiratory conditions and heart disease.1*

E-cigarettes are powered by battery. A heating component warms the e-liquid cartridge that then releases the aerosol to be inhaled into the lungs. Flavors are varied but with fruity flavors like berry and mango, vaping appeals to teens and young adults.  People mistakenly associate these “fruit flavors” with high antioxidants and believe they are “healthy”. Many people — to include 60% of teens surveyed– believe the pods used in Juuls, which is a specific brand of e-cigs,are nicotine free and just fruit flavored water vapor. The reality is that 99% of the Juuls products contain nicotine.1*

Juuls are small and look like a USB drive, easy to conceal in a hand or pocket and the vape is essentially odorless so kids are smoking these at home or in school undetected

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including marijuana. .  A school-based survey showed nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. Results of the survey show that 2.1 million middle and high school students have used them to get high. CBD oil is also another popular thing that people can vape but the problem is the vaping market regulations are poor and the quality of oil consumed varies. It is very difficult to know what you are really getting.  (1,3,4)*

According to Winickoff, “…“All the work that happened, the public health campaign, the billions of money spent to try to eliminate tobacco use for kids has been undone. Now we have millions of adolescents currently addicted to nicotine.”…” What once was thought to be a healthy alternative to smokers wanting to quit the habit, has turned into a new vice that has been marketed to young people and now we just have a new generation of nicotine addicted people,. And yet, they are legal. This concern of targeting young people caused the Food and Drug Administration in September to give the five largest e-cigarette makers 60 days to come up with plans to stop underage use of their products. (1,3)*

Today, global e-cigarette sales amount to around $5 billion a year. In 2018, Juuls made up to 40% of the e-cig market with retail sales hitting 150 million  in the last quarter alone. It is a big business, and when that much money is involved, the consumer’s health is not the concern…the bottom line is. The recent explosion of e-cigarette popularity has grabbed the attention of tobacco companies. What was once a market made up of small independent manufacturers, is now giving way to Big Tobacco which has anti-smoking organizations concerned. (VUSE, is owned by R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, a subsidiary of the tobacco giant Reynolds America; British American Tobacco (BAT), the largest tobacco company in the Europe, launched Vype around four years ago;Altria (formerly Phillip Morris) owns MarkTen; Lorillard paid $135 million for Blu, but when R.J. Reynolds bought that tobacco company in 2015, its e-cigarette brand was sold to Imperial Tobacco, a company in the United Kingdom.) (1,2)*

What are the risks?

There’s a misconception that nicotine by itself is not dangerous. Research has shown that it has negative effects on metabolism, and increases one’s risk of cancer and respiratory problems. Juul has tested its products and published research that these products contain group 1 carcinogens, the most potent carcinogen.1*

It’s been determined that e-cigarettes are harder to kick then regular cigarettes because the Juul pods, according to the AAP, contain double the concentration of nicotine, compared to other e-cig cartridges.The younger the developing brain is exposed to nicotine, the stronger and more rapid the addiction. Addiction to nicotine can also cause brain remodeling, changing the addiction threshold to other substances. Basically, kids who get addicted to nicotine earlier, are more likely to get addicted to other drugs later on. While the legal age to purchase is 18 in most states and 21 in others, these products can easily be ordered online just by clicking the box that says you are 18 years of age, so parents beware..1*

It is up to us to educate our children on the dangers of vaping. Anyone who has had health issues knows how important whole body health is as we advocate at Body Biotics™. To knowingly inhale these chemicals, which have not been on the market long enough to know the true harm they can cause, is playing with fire. Don’t be fooled that vaping is going to kick a cigarette habit. And don’t let your kids fool you into thinking that it is safe. Educate yourself and speak to your kids intelligently about this serious matter.*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/juuling-the-new-vaping-trend-thats-twice-as-addictive-as-cigarettes#9
  2. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tobacco-companies-taking-over-the-e-cigarette-industry_us_58b48e02e4b0658fc20f98d0
  3. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/increasing-popularity-vaping-marijuana-draws-health-concerns-n910346
  4. https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/zmk55a/everything-we-know-about-the-health-risks-of-vaping-cbd


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