Breaking Down the Issue with Vaping

By Srish Chenna

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Initially, vapes were released as a replacement for traditional nicotine products like cigarettes; however, they lacked thorough testing. Now, the nation and the world are faced with an epidemic of heightened lung disease due to vaping, unprecedented teen nicotine addiction, and even exploding vape pens.

The warning from the FDA to not use THC vapes came late with over 1600 cases of lung disease and damage already reported from 49 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Furthermore, the extent of unreported cases is unknown and 34 people have already died. Who knew that THC vapes had high levels of cyanide?

In a sense, the proliferation of vape usage across the United States is reminiscent of the wide reach of cigarettes in the 1900s. In fact, the teen usage of vapes is so high that researchers are afraid that use of vapes at a young age can lead to other health concerns in later life.

However, efforts are being taken to mitigate the effects of vapes. For instance, Michigan became the first state in the U.S. to ban flavored e-cigarettes, and San Francisco became the first city to ban e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, abroad, Israel has placed an immediate ban on the sale of oil-based flavored vapes as well.

Additionally, through pressure by Congress, a leading e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul, has taken hits from its alleged efforts to market their e-cigarettes to underage kids. California has even launched a criminal probe into the operations of Juul.

Unfortunately, the item that was once hailed as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes has proved its potential to cause more harm than good. The least we can do is to look at the facts and make an effort to clean up our detrimental habits.