E-Cigarettes with More Nicotine May Make Teens Vape More
E-Cigarettes with More Nicotine May Make Teens Vape More While the growing e-cigarette and vape culture may be a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes for adults, there are still many who are concerned that they represent an unhealthy habit for vulnerable teens. This issue has become increasingly serious with the widespread availability of high nicotine content e-cigarettes and vape juice on the Internet, where laws controlling the sale of tobacco products to minors are difficult to enforce. E-cigarettes and vaping were meant to turn the harmful vice of tobacco smoking into a harmless pass-time, but the rising popularity of high nicotine content e-cigarettes and vape juice among teens may be challenging this contemporary image. A Healthier Alternative The smoking of tobacco was originally only for special events, religious ceremonies or as a rare leisure activity. In the 20th Century tobacco smoking was industrialized and became the unhealthy habit that led to widespread health complications and lowered life expectancy. The rise of e-cigarette and vape culture offered a healthy alternative that allowed people to once again enjoy tobacco smoking without all the excessive health and addiction risks. Vaping and e-cigarettes still carry some health and addiction risks, but they are significantly reduced when compared to traditional tobacco smoking. Teens and Tobacco The issue with the health risks of e-cigarettes and vaping is more serious when it comes to teens due to their status as minors. Teens are seen as incapable of making the adult decision to face the health risks of e-cigarettes and vaping, as well as being considered more vulnerable to the long-term dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. This concern over teen vaping is made worse by the wide availability of e-cigarettes and vape products on the Internet, making it very difficult to control access to these products for minors. More High Nicotine Content E-Cigarettes and Vape Products As vaping and e-cigarettes have grown in popularity there has been a rise in the variety of different products available, including products with a high nicotine content. Teens are seen as being especially vulnerable to the addictive potential of nicotine, making these products particularly harmful to teens. A recent study has shown that teens who used high nicotine products were more likely to become habitual users of e-cigarettes and vape products, or even take up traditional cigarette smoking. Other scientific studies have shown that teens are particularly susceptible to the addictive qualities of nicotine, and have a harder time cutting back or quitting the use of these products. High Nicotine Products Threaten to Turn E-Cigarettes Into a Harmful Addiction for Teens While many parents currently see their teen's vaping as harmless, the rise of high nicotine products threatens to change this image of vaping and e-cigarettes. Doctors and health experts have recommended that high nicotine products come with clear labels so that parents are better able to control their teen's access to these products. This way vaping and e-cigarettes can remain a harmless pass-time, and high nicotine products will remain a niche market for grown adults who are aware of the health and addiction risks involved.