Vaping has been around for quite a while, and safety concerns around this habit seem to be never-ending due to its popularity.
By now, pretty much everyone who’s heard about vaping know that it’s not a healthy habit.
It resembles smoking even though you are not smoking, and it might be doing harm just as much as smoking does — but we just don’t know it yet.
One thing we now know with fair certainty is that vaping fairly increases the odds of consumers developing a smoking habit down the line.
Vaping risks are too high
No this is not a pun.
A study done by Jonathan D. Klein from the University of Illinois strongly points towards proof that consumers engaging in vaping are up to 7x more likely to progress to smoking cigarettes.
The above mentioned study also found that teens which smoked cigarettes were no more likely to begin vaping, compared to their counterparts which hadn’t smoked at all.
According to the findings in the study, there are an estimated 3 million high scholl students across the US vaping e-cigarettes and similar tobacco-replacement products.
In fact, one of the most popular trends among students these days are the JUUL e-cigarettes.
Since there is an obvious vaping trend developing over the last few years, manufacturers have become more adapted to the needs of their consumers.
From the bulky and original vaping tools we’ve seen a trend of sizing down (similarly to the one we saw with phones in the early 2000’s) and now you can find vaping tools the size of a Mars bar.
JUULing is the new vaping
Mil Schooley, an 18-year-old student in Denver, CO, says most of her friends have a JUUL device.
” All my friends in college have one,” she says. “It just blew up over the summer.”
It is very likely that devices similar to this one are leading a new generation of teenagers towards a dark path of pulmonary problems.
The long-term effects of vaping liquids for e-cigs — a solution of vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol flavors, and nicotine or cannabis oils – are still not known to the general public.
This is in part due to the fact that there simply hasn’t passed enough time to know the facts with a fair amount of certainty.
Researchers agree that the most worrying aspect is, in fact, nicotine, which is damaging to the brain and could affect its development, aside from being highly addictive.
“We’re seeing it across college campuses and high schools. I have a friend who teaches high school, and they contacted me last week because they are having a major problem with e-cigs,”says Meghan Morean,researcher at Oberlin College.
The Food and Drug Administration has banned most flavored cigarettes and tobacco products for this reason, but the agency hasn’t banned flavored vapes since it does not have the authority to regulate e-cigs and related products as of 2016.
However, perhaps the most worrying aspect of this trend is that it is not being related to vaping and smoking, but rather taking a new name which seems to be more appealing to the younger generation.
It would seem that among college and high school students JUUL has found its way into a very mainstream audience.
“People who JUUL can be normal people, but people who vape are like a certain crowd,” Schooley says.
Using the JUUL device isn’t called vaping as vaping is more often reserved for using cannabis. This trend has a more mainstream name: JUULing.
It is more than obvious that words such as “e-cig” and “vaping” give the device a more ominous atmosphere than JUULing.
“I know it’s an e-cigarette, but I don’t like to call it that because you can JUUL and not be addicted to nicotine,” Schooley says. “I don’t smoke cigarettes, and I don’t think I ever will.”
JUUL cartridges have a very high concentration of nicotine.
A single pod of JUULs, which Schooley says last around a week, has roughly the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.
The CDC reports that 7.1 percent of college-aged Americans used vapes in 2015 — a number rose to over double that in 2016.
Researchers from the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (CTRI) at University of Wisconsin-Madison have noted that tobacco companies initially created vaporizing devices to substitute cigarette addiction.
The reality is far from that as the nicotine products have turned the process upside down benefiting tobacco companies in the long term.
“The difference between vapes and cigarettes is that vaporizers have an assortment of flavors,” Dr. Doug Jorenby from CTRI said.“Taste preference is attractive among college students, which has led to the increase in college-age usage.”
Knuckleheads Tobacco and Vape Club employee has been the one to speak regarding the sudden increase of vaping especially among college students.
The Knuckleheads employee said JUULs top the sales last few months, as well as nicotine juices for bigger handheld vapes, called mods.
“We make most of our business off of college students,” the employee said. “Vapes are easy to obtain and you can take them anywhere.”
College students are not the only one’s being targeted, as high school student seem to be just as easy of a pray for the tobacco companies.
Concord Public Health Director Susan Rask said there’s concern in the public health community nationwide after reports that some vaping products use marijuana and marijuana oils.
Nancy Slocum is one of the chairwoman of the Health and Fitness Department at CCHS, and she said vaping has reached “a tipping point.”
Slocum said the school department paid for “Student Health 101,” an online magazine that publishes monthly health topics.
November’s topic was vaping, and the magazine is available to the entire school community, including students and parents.
Vaping marijuana is ideal for harm reduction
As marijuana laws change, questions about the impact of smoking marijuana on the respiratory functions will undoubtedly increase.
A study done by Mallory Loflin, MA and Mitch Earleywine, PhD has proven that smoking marijuana does not harm lung function as dramatically as smoking tobacco does, but neither does any good in particular.
Given how human lungs didn’t evolve to inhale the byproducts of combustion efficiently, we can simply walk around this by vaping the cannabis.
The vaporizer runs heated air across the plant without igniting it, releasing the cannabinoids in a vapor free from the byproducts of combustion.
That is also the reason why vaping always gets you higher than smoking — it makes it easier for your lungs to take in more THC, and also activates more THC due to being subjected to higher temperatures than while smoking.
The study also tells us that “Laboratory work shows that cannabis vapour is composed almost exclusively of cannabinoids. In short, vapourizers show promise for cannabis users who want to avoid pulmonary problems and prefer a more rapid onset than edibles provide.”