There has talked of either regulating or banning electronic cigarettes in the United States. Some countries have banned it while others have been strict in selling the devices and even categorizing it as medical devices. Electronic cigarettes dodged the bullet last year when there were attempts to include it in the list of medical devices across the European Union.
Groups have been lobbying for the regulation of an “unknown” device because the risks that electronic cigarettes pose are not widely known. Groups like the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and others similarly worried about the popularity of vapes and vape liquid online and among the youth. Vapes, the battery-operated replacement for tobacco cigarettes, have become steamrolling their way towards the top. The sales have reached $2.5 billion just last year. And, the health groups worry about the potential health risks based on the experience humanity had with tobacco before.
Super electronic cigarette brands are defiant. NJOY made sure that it would get some mileage when it advertised its product during the past Super Bowl. Actors like Leonardo di Caprio, Katherine Heigl, and singer Bruno Mars are seen in public vaping, and the Julia Louis-Dreyfus was spotted in the Golden Globes vaping.
But, in reality, electronic cigarettes are what the world needs to knock off smoking from the face of the planet. Long the US has been stuck at 18 percent and the government has been targeting to lower the smoking rate down to 12 percent by 2020. Yet, there are 3000 new smokers trying to smoke each year. And, some say electronic cigarettes can get these young people off the addiction for good.
While we have to admit we need to do some research but, with all confidence—vaping advocates say that electronic cigarettes are the safer and healthier alternative to tobacco. There is nothing being burned with electronic cigarettes. The nicotine is converted in liquid form and can be regulated in certain doses to help step down the addiction among smokers. The liquid is heated to form a puffy cloud of vapor that gets inhaled to deliver the addictive substance that smokers want minus the thousands of other chemicals that cause problems to the body.
True, there have been studies that show that the vapor coming from vapes contains minute amounts of cadmium, lead, and nickel. However, the amounts are not considered toxic and the air in some polluted cities would be more dangerous than the vapor coming out from electronic cigarettes. There are traces of nitrosamines although the levels are the same with FDA-approved nicotine patches. The concentration is thousand times below the levels that can be found in cigarettes
We have to admit the available data on electronic cigarettes show that the number of chemicals that are found in electronic cigarettes support the fact that they are way better than conventional cigarette
However, the use of electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation device is far from proven but, recent research proves that the ploy can be encouraging. There is very little research done to support the hypothesis that electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit. The famous one was the study made by New Zealand researchers on smoking cessation by way of electronic cigarettes. This study that went on to be published in the journal Lancet showed that vapes can be as effective as nicotine-replacement devices in helping smokers to quit smoking.
It would seem that we are denying smokers the right to a healthier smoke if people still insist to ban or to ruthlessly regulate electronic cigarettes. If these devices can only cut the smoking rates by a tenth a year soon enough it can bring down the fatalities and the cost of health care down to zero without much effort. It is the ardent hope of vapers that soon each one will be on the same page in relation to vaping.