To put it in robust terms, a Vape consists of a power source such as a battery, and a container such as a cartridge or tank that contains marijuana oil (as well as flavoring and many addicting chemicals such as nicotine) that are heated up into a vapor, hence the name "Vape". Vapes contain Nicotine which is an addicting chemical which makes Vape users use their vape a ton. This can lead to a diminish in stamina and lung health. For example, a study showed that Nicotine is well recognized as one of the most addictive substances, as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Now you should see the issue. Young kids can attain something as addicting as hard drugs with little to no enforcement easily just because they are slightly "Better than cigarettes".
Vaping Popularity in Teens and Kids: Experimenting with vaping encourages young people to continue smoking. A 2015 study found minors had little resistance to buying Vapes online. This conveys that teens have much higher acess to vapes than cigarettes and Marijuana even though vapes contain some marijuana. More recent studies show a trend of an increasing percentage of youths who use Vapes. In 2018, 20% of high school students were using Vapes. In 2020 however, this number exceeded 50% of high school students reported to have used some form of e-cigarettes.
The dangers of e-Cigarettes in General: Some look like traditional cigarettes, and most versions are reusable. The vapor is primarily composed of propylene glycol and/or glycerin, usually with nicotine and flavoring. Its exact composition varies, and depends on several things including user behavior. Vaping is likely significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco, although it nevertheless carries health risks. The life expectancy of tobacco smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. This conveys that Vaping may be better than most forms of smoking but it is far more addictive and appealing with its sweet almost candy like taste due to chemicals and flavoring
Perspectives on Vaping: Countries such as Japan have outright banned Vapes containing Nicotine and the Biden Administration has banned the largest Vape company in the United states, Juul. Other countries are leaning towards employing laws against vapes and E-cigarettes. The scientific community in US and Europe are primarily concerned with their possible effect on public health. There is concern among public health experts that e-cigarettes could renormalize smoking, weaken measures to control tobacco, and serve as a gateway for smoking among youth. The public health community is divided over whether to support e-cigarettes, because their safety and efficiency for quitting smoking is unclear and many countries don't want to explicitly provide evidence that vaping is not that bad. Many in the public health community acknowledge the potential for their quitting smoking and decreasing harm benefits, but there remains a concern over their long-term safety and potential for a new era of users to get converted and addicted to nicotine and then tobacco.
In Conclusion, Vaping is a big issue. With it becoming mainstream, Teens have been able to abuse its availability. I believe that Vape usage should be heavily limited due to its addictiveness. It is and issue that I feel has been at its climax for years so I wanted to talk about it.