By Zane Keller,
E-cigarettes and vaporizers are all the rage now with both middle-aged adults who have converted from traditional cigarettes and teens who now believe that these types of inhalants are safe. But how safe are these new electronic devices? The big selling point is that there is no tobacco smell, secondhand smoke, and it could be more socially acceptable. According to NBC, the number of high school and middle school teens that used these devices has doubled. It has been fifty years since the first commercial of the surgeon general was released about the negative health effect of smoking and it looks like smoking is being rejuvenated these past few years because of these devices.
The FDA has looked into these so called “safe” products and have found traces of nicotine and other toxic chemicals, known as carcinogens, which have been known to cause cancer. The FDA has even issued a warning about electronic cigarettes. But, if the FDA doesn’t approve it, then why has it become so popular? One reason, according to CBS, celebrities, such as Jenny McCarthy, have done commercials endorsing the product and claiming that it is safe. This makes smoking seem like the cool thing to do. It is a strategy similar to this was originally used by the tobacco company when cigarettes started becoming popular.
In many cases, e-cigarettes have helped the average smoker cut down their use of cigarettes dramatically. One smoker even claimed that he only smokes cigarettes when he forgets to charge his e-cigarette. Although, there have not been any medical studies to prove that e-cigarettes and vaporizers definitely helps people quit smoking conventional cigarettes, it has shown there may be some truth to that. Since e-cigarettes do not have to be finished in one time, the use of them may lead to a more casual type of smoker. Additionally, there are many public places that have designated e-cigarette smoking areas, such as at Six Flags.
Regardless of whether it is safe or not, there is no question that if these new devices become as popular as cigarettes did over fifty years ago, they will not disappear soon.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Jan. 28 print edition.
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