E-cigarette addiction among adolescence: Misguided conception about its safety profile

A new study conducted in Hawaii has revealed that the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise. Among adolescents, this particular habit was seen to increase the risk of developing an addiction to smoking regular cigarettes later in life. The latest numbers show that the e-cigarette rank second only to alcohol consumption.

The lead author of the study, who is a professor at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Dr. Thomas A. Wills says that the information regarding e-cigarettes and their effects on health are ill perceived. This general lack in knowledge stems from insufficient education given to teenagers with an added hype created by the media industry which tends to advertise aggressively and create an illusion of safety.

A previous study established the fact that nicotine use can prove to be more addicting than heroin addiction. This is one particular fact which most people are most ignorant about. Nicotine is a substance found in liquid form in e-cigarettes, which users inhale. Most of the users believe e-cigarettes to be healthier than the normal, tobacco cigarettes while other teenagers smoke it to as a sign of rebellion.

The use of e-cigarettes is increasing exponentially. Previous researches done, showed that the about 5 percent of the population used e-cigarettes in 2011, this number rose to a double in 2012 alone.

The latest study targeted high school students in Oahu, Hawaii, where the ratio of male to female was 53 to 47 in a total of 1,942 volunteers. According to The National Institutes of Health survey, where more than 41,000 students volunteered, found that almost 7 percent of students had never smoked traditional cigarette when they first used an e-cigarette.

The study was based on a 40 minutes long survey which showed that around 30 percent of the students were in a habit of using e-cigarettes. While cigarette use was seen in 15 percent of the students. Another 18 percent were those who smoked marijuana.

Due to the various misconceptions regarding this particular substance use, many organizations are now pinning towards banning of the use of e-cigarettes for people under the age of 18. It is clear that this particular issue needs to be resolved with care and educating the people of its addictive tendencies and the harms.

 

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