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ECigs Are Good and No Proof that Allures the Young to Addiction

Posted June 22, 2015

Electronic cigarettes have been subject of debate of late. Experts in tobacco addiction and in health have been split in the middle, arguing the most controversial thing that happened in nicotine smoking since low-tar and filters. Studies have shown that in some ways, electronic cigarettes are helping smokers quit smoking. But, some are worried that as some people get off smoking, there would be a new generation that will pick up the addiction and start the vicious cycle all over again. 


Admittedly, compared to traditional tobacco, electronic cigarettes are better. They are less harmful. It is all due to the fact that electronic cigarettes do not contain the same amount of chemicals that has made tobacco such a killer. It is estimated that 7000 chemicals are found in tobacco smoke and almost half can cause health issues. There are about 70 known carcinogens in tobacco smoke that can cause any of the 12 known cancers that are linked with smoking. 


And that is why smokers are finding ways to cushion their habit. About 70 percent of American adult smokers want to quit. But, quitting is a hard thing to do. Only 45 percent of the 70 percent of smokers that want to quit, really attempt to do so. Only 20 percent of the 45 percent end up successful. The rest fall into a relapse and go back to smoking. Smokers dread the fact that withdrawal symptoms can be vicious and may cause them great anxiety and discomfort. 


Electronic cigarettes started out as novelty. A joke and a toy. For majority of smokers, the electronic cigarettes are a farce to smoking. That is until some reports have trickled in showing how some smokers have afforded to quit smoking with the help of the new products. Electronic cigarettes were re-invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist. A patent was awarded to an American inventor in the 1960s about a nicotine delivery system that is independent of tobacco. The device never materialized maybe due to the lack and the backwardness of the technology at that point in time.  


The electronic cigarette industry came to America in 2007. But it did not pick up steam until last year. Last year was a banner year for electronic cigarettes. About $2.5 billion worth of sales were recorded for the first time in the electronic cigarette industry. The culmination of a series of evolution in design was topped with a huge return in sales that has never seen in the past few years. Now, this early, some analysts predict that the fortunes of the industry is going to be rosier. It is estimated that the sales will double the figures earned in 2013. This means that at this rate, electronic cigarettes would be toppling tobacco from its perch and outsell the dangerous habit for the first time in history by 2023.  


Yet not everyone is convincedThe problem stems from the fact that electronic cigarettes feature flavors that are known to be linked with juveniles. In fact, some of the brands that have been used to describe the flavors have lodged a complaint. They are asking to cease and desist from using the brand names known to be loved by kids from the flavors of the liquids of electronic cigarettes. 


The move, some think, could only bolster the presumption that electronic cigarettes could be posing as stalking horse for Big Tobacco. They think that electronic cigarettes are just attracting young people to become addicted to nicotine. The presumption is that these products will eventually make the young people too addicted and moreover will only make them crave for stronger nicotine blends that can cause them to become more addicted. 


Then again, that concern has been at best a presumption. No amount of data has shown that young people have started to become addicted to nicotine by way of electronic cigarettes. More and more young people are using vapes, but 80 percent of the young people surveyed by the National Youth Tobacco Survey said they are dual smokers. They have been smoking conventional cigarettes before they took in some vapes. This could mean that the problem with vapes attracting young people could be just a mirage at the very least.