E-Cigarettes have evoked strong reactions among health experts. While debates are raging about the safety profile of the e-cigarettes another debate is also raging about the easy availability among the young people in the United States.
This has become very important because the use of e-cigarettes have grown in the US particularly among the young and there are growing concerns about one more dangerous substance being used by the youth. The problem has been further confounded by the accessibility and the misinformation regarding electronic cigarettes.
Latest studies conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that e cigarettes has spawned a completely new generation of smoking addicts who are sure to end up getting addicted to conventional cigarettes.
The study has smashed the usual logic put forth by the advocates of e-cigarettes, that it will divert teens away from traditional cigarettes. It could be true in the beginning but eventually they get hooked to traditional cigarettes.
Tom Frieden, the director for the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “It’s a really bad thing, and it is subjecting another generation of our children to an addictive substance.”
Freiden further added any exposure to nicotine, no matter how trivial can damage the teenage brain. E-cigarette smokers will inevitably get hooked to traditional cigarettes in the end.
Freiden goes on to explain, “Nicotine exposure at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use.”
The report also revealed that the use of the device has tripled among high school students in between 2013 and 2014.Among the two million teens who have been surveyed, the survey found 50% of them to have taken e-cigarettes. This has even surpassed the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products as well.
Added flavors like cherry and bubblegum often mar the dangers associated with e-cigarettes and make them seem safe and simple as popping in a bubblegum.
Presently the e-cigarette is an unregulated and unstudied product. As of now, FDA regulates cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco only.