Pocatello – There has been a significant rise in the use of E-Cigs amongst teens, with the number tripling from 2013 to 2014, as per the report from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. The greater part of these teens come from high schools, with the report citing that 13% of all high school students are using E-cigarettes, compared to 4.5% in 2013. The rise amongst middle school teens has been just 2%.
Whether it is good or bad depends on the opinion that each person hold. The CDC report stated that high school students preferred using E-cigarettes more than conventional tobacco ones. Still 9.2% of high school teens are reported to smoke tobacco.
However, it is still to be kept in mind that E-Cigs have addictive nicotine in them. The might not produce smoke, which is harmful for the surrounding people, they still can cause great damage to the person using it.
The law strictly prohibits the sale of E-Cigs to minors, but that has not been stopping the teens from buying it, says Brandon Fielder, an employee at Smoke This. Even though his shop ID’s everybody and careful enough to not even sell battery packs to under 18’s, but he has seen an increase in the number of teens trying to buy Vape’s and E-Cigs off him. He also pointed out that even non-smokers are being tempted to use Vape’s.
The CDC report also cited that using nicotine can harm brain development in teens and can lead to addiction. It was also stated that 90% of smokers said that they started smoking as teens. However, E-Cigs have also been providing a way out for those smokers looking to quit. Using E-Cigs, gives them a way lower the amount of nicotine they intake and can slowly get rid of it.
Health organizations have also reported that nicotine can also be absorbed through the skin, which can then create a nicotine overdose or even toxicity. This poses harm for those children, whose parents use E-Cigs and often leave their liquids unattended.