Despite Known Dangers Associated with Vaping, Many Young Adults Believe E-Cigarettes Are Safe
UNITED STATES – According to an online news article published by mednews365.com, a significant number of young adults believe vaping is safe despite the documented illnesses and deaths linked to e-cigarettes.*
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) polled more than 4,000 adults nationwide between July and August 2019, asking various questions about the safety of e-cigarettes and vaping. Even though there have been numerous reports of vaping-related lung illnesses and some deaths, 20 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 38 do not believe e-cigarettes are addictive.
Additionally, 30 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 38 believe that flavored e-cigarettes are safer than non-flavored e-cigarette products. The poll also showed that approximately 1 in 5 adults uses e-cigarettes, with the following breakdown by age group:
- Millennials (ages 18 to 38)– 21 percent of individuals in this age group admit to vaping.
- Generation X (ages 39 to 54)– 15 percent of individuals in this age group admit to vaping.
- Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 72)– 5 percent of individuals in this age group admit to vaping.
The poll revealed that 10 percent of Baby Boomers believe e-cigarettes are safe, demonstrating that misinformation about the smokeless vaping products has reached beyond teenagers and young adults. Approximately 14 percent of Baby Boomers polled indicated that they do not believe vaping can lead to addiction, and 12 percent of Baby Boomers polled believe that flavored e-cigarettes are safer than non-flavored e-cigarette products.
Current Warnings May Not Be Enough
The Surgeon General has issued a warning that the nicotine in e-cigarettes may be addictive and harmful to human health. Not only do most vaping products contain nicotine, but they also may contain chemicals and heavy metals that pose health risks, the consequences of which are not fully known. Warnings about the potentially harmful effects of vaping and e-cigarettes have not resonated with many adults across the country.
According to e-cigarette manufacturers, vaping products are marketed to individuals looking to vape as a means to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. However, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved vaping products for use as a smoking cessation device. Most adults believe the FDA should regulate the e-cigarette industry, and many of them also believe that flavored e-cigarettes should be banned, and others support a full ban on the products.
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