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Smoking Among Youth Decreases when Vaping Increased

What is vaping?

Vaping is the act of inhaling or excelling the water vapour which is produced by any electric device known as vaporiser (or e-cigarette). When the e-liquid transforms into a gaseous form, the vapers inhales and exhales it. It is a little thicker than smoke and it smells better depending on the flavouring used in the e-liquid.

Why is it better?

Vaping is better than smoking because it is tobacco free and in some cases it is also nicotine free. Vaping is different from smoking because there is no smoke. It is similar to smoking except that there is no tobacco in it and so there is no smell like a regular cigarette. And so, it also does not have the side-effects and health risks of a cigarette. Such electronic devices are refillable and rechargeable.

How do you start vaping?

To start vaping, you will need a vaporizer which can be of different types depending on the material used in it. Such materials may be dry herbs, wax concentrates and oils. Some of the vaporizers include vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, vape tanks, vape mods.

Study by CDC

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a study named Tobacco use among middle and high school students- United States, 2011-2016 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study found that use of any tobacco products, more than two tobacco products, hookah and e-cigarettes decreased. In 2016, about 3.9 million US middle and high school students use any tobacco product whereas about 1.8 million use more than two tobacco products.

It is found that during 2015-2016, the use of any tobacco product, more than two tobacco products, hookahs and e-cigarettes reduced among high school students. E-cigarette use decreased in case of middle school students. This is something different from the reports of other years.

The use of vaping increase among the high school students. The same also increased in middle school students. Nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age and it may come from cigarette, cigar, hookah or e-cigarettes that contain nicotine. Nicotine exposure at a young age can interfere with brain development and it may result in sustained tobacco use. That is why it is very important to ensure that the students are using nicotine free form of vaping. That is why FDA was to regulate other tobacco products including e-cigarettes besides controlling tobacco products. E-cigarettes will need to be labelled clearly so that the user can know whether that contains any nicotine or not.

Vaping helps in smoking decrease

Vaping was found to be at least 95% safer than smoking. They are less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes. The vapour inhaled as less volatile organic compounds in comparison to the normal exhaled breath.

Vaping is also better because it can help a smoker to quit smoking cigarettes. It is probably the first genuinely new way of helping anyone who wants to quit smoking.

Vaping is also good for students who want to quit smoking. It is something only for the ex-smokers who want to get rid of destructive but addictive smoking habit. The students who are addicted to smoking can avoid the health risks arising from the tar-laden tobacco cigarettes.

Underage students or students who do not smoke don't have to go for vaping. It is also important for people vaping to ensure that they are following the safety instructions. Vaping has actually helped in reducing the number of smokers in high schools and middle schools by providing an alternative to the students. However, comprehensive and sustained tobacco prevention and control strategies will ensure that all forms of tobacco products among the US students are reduced.

References
1. Dash Vapes
2. Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students ” United States, 2011“2016
3. Long-term vaping ‘far safer than smoking’ says ‘landmark’ study