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For many years, the public has rallied behind campaigns to stop smoking. Cigarettes are horrible for you, and nobody argues with that. However new technology has garnered more favorable opinions. That new technology is e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs, are handheld electronic devices that simulate the experience of smoking a cigarette. These products were originally marketed as a way for adults smokers to kick the habit. Now they’ve gained huge traction with teenagers and young adults. The problem is, not enough research has been done to know the long term effects of vaping.

Vaping has not been out long enough for conclusive medical research to have been conducted. A Chinese firm produced the modern e-cigarette in the mid-2000s. This means that they haven’t even made it to two decades of being on the market. We are nowhere near being aware of long term health risks. However, the facts we do have are concerning. Concerning enough to make you think twice about starting. One of the main risks of smoking traditional cigarettes is addiction. They contain a highly addictive substance called nicotine. According to the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, electronic cigarettes are just as addictive as traditional ones. Due to extra strength cartridges, and the ability to increase an e-cig’s voltage, users can get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product. The effects of this nicotine exposure are dangerous. It can cause you to crave a smoke, and suffer withdrawal symptoms. It can raise your blood pressure and spike your adrenaline, which can lead to increased risk of heart attacks. Besides its addictive nature, vaping also includes a multitude of chemicals with countless associated risks. It’s clear that vaping is not a good alternative, so why is it still being marketed as a healthy substitute for cigarettes?

Our generation was supposed to be the generation that ended smoking. We’re the generation that has been fully educated about the harms of smoking. We grew up with more ads to stop smoking than ads for actual cigarettes. The tobacco industry saw their profits dwindling down as the new generation grew up. Obviously losing money is not ideal for large corporations. They had to come up with a new marketing strategy to hook the kids who have never seen smoking in a positive light. Thus, vaping is born. A new product, a marketable product, designed for adult smokers to transition off of traditional cigarettes. They’ve advertised it as a “healthy” alternative. It’s frustrating to know that people who’ve never smoked in the first place are now addicted to nicotine. Out of all the methods to quit smoking, vaping is the least effective. There’s patches, gums, lozenges, and even a medication that blocks the effects of nicotine in the brain. Vaping is not a healthy way for adults to quit smoking, and it never was. Vaping is simply tobacco companies setting up their next generation of profits.

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