Health and Safety Concerns Arise in Relation to Dangers of E-Cigarettes
United States – according to an online article at famuanonline.com, electronic cigarettes, also known as vapes, vape pens, hookahs and e-cigarettes, are causing alarm due to safety issues in the United States as they become increasingly more popular.
According to the United States Fire Administration, almost two hundred e-cigarettes have exploded between 2009 and 2019. In May of 2018, the first deadly e-cigarette explosion caused the death of a thirty five year old St. Petersburg man.
Per the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, younger adults, including teenagers, are much more likely to use e-cigarettes than any other group of people. They have actually become popular among people in middle school, high school and in college. However, several students are now voicing their concerns over vaping.
According to one student, using e-cigarettes serves as a form of social icebreaking. “Without having a vape in hand, it’s like some people just don’t know how to start a conversation,” one student said. “When they have something like that in their hands, then they’re like ‘Yo. What’s up?’”
Another student agrees, indicating that many youth look at e-cigarettes as cool and harmless. The student notes that “[y]ou see a lot of young people hospitalized on the news because a vape pen exploded in their face from it being overheated. That’s pretty scary to know, especially when I see many students walk around school with them. They’re like ticking time bombs.”
Popular brands of vape pens are Eleaf, Space Jam, JUUL and VaporFi.
Despite the fact that some vapes have defective batteries or heat up too quickly when being charged, these are not the only safety issues associated with these devices. Although e-cigarettes contain less toxins than cigarettes, vapes are nonetheless harmful. Most vapes, like cigarettes and other tobacco products, contain nicotine, an addictive additive to cigarettes that gets people hooked.
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