You’ve likely seen it somewhere…a teenager illegally possessing and using a vaping device as they breathe out a large puff of white smoke into the atmosphere.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared youth vaping an epidemic and they are taking serious steps in trying to stop things before they get even worse.
Last week, the FDA declared that it is giving the big five vaping manufacturers (Vuse, MarkTen XL, Juul, Blu, and Logic) two months to submit plans to prevent youth vaping.
According to the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than two million middle school, high school, and college students are vaping with devices that heat liquid-based nicotine so they can inhale the vapor.
The same survey shows that 12% of high school students and 3% of middle school students have used the device in the past 30 days.
Some teenagers manage to find ways to make their purchases online while many others have older friends and family members illegally purchase the vaping products for them.
The FDA is currently looking at the contrast of adults using e-cigarettes to quit smoking while also looking at the risk of teenagers who are becoming addicted to tobacco through vaping.
As if there wasn’t enough concern regarding possible tobacco addiction through vaping, a school-based survey released this week shows that nearly 1 in 11 students have used marijuana in their electronic cigarettes.
The nearly 9% of students surveyed admitted this usage, according to a report from JAMA Pediatrics.
A University of Michigan study of 20,000 students showed that 8% of 10th graders said they vaped marijuana in the past year.
University of Michigan researcher Richard Miech is on record in saying “the health risks of vaping reside not only in the vaping devices, but in the social environment that comes with it.”
He also noted that “kids who vape are more likely to become known as drug users and make friends with drug users.”
No matter how you look at it, the way smoking for teens had a “Joe Cool” effect 50 years ago, vaping is one of the hottest trends out there and these kids fail to realize that what they are doing is against the law.
Not to mention, the locals supplying to them are also breaking the law.
As for the health aspects of e-cigarettes, the truth on this is still unknown outside of an addiction.
This happened with cigarettes many years ago only for smokers to find out so many years later that they have been damaging their bodies their entire lives.
The affects from lifetime usage of e-cigarettes are still not known due to the product just coming out for sale in the last 10 years. As the FDA made their declaration last week, the public should also declare a renewed focus and energy on keeping this product out of the hands of our young people.