Health officials have recently established that e-cigarettes had a severe impact on the young population throughout the United States over the last few years.
It seems that teenagers who would have never smoked, are now addicted to these electronic devices. A group of scientists from the American Academy of Pediatrics has conducted a study to establish what is the overall situation of the U.S. teens regarding smoking and vaping.
At the end of the survey, the findings showed that even if the smoking rates dropped off among the young population in Southern California, the combined use of traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes had dramatically increased as the rates are even higher than before the e-cigarette had entered the market.
In other words, e-cigarette use is far from a safe or a healthy alternative. The most obvious fact is that these electronic smoking devices encourage more and more people to become addicted to smoking and vaping regardless of the fact that they might not contain nicotine.
Many experts believe that the chemicals, flavorings, and the nicotine from the liquids used to create vapors are unhealthy and might have the same severe consequences increasing the risk of various health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, brain disease, and especially cancer.
Smoking represents the primary cause of preventable death in the United States even after people have been informed about the risks of this deadly habit. Health officials stressed that the use e-cigarettes might create future generations of smokers addicted to nicotine and vaporizing liquids.
According to Aruni Bhatnagar, lead author of the policy statement on e-cigarettes of the American Heart Association, even if teenagers do not try other tobacco products, nicotine itself raises the risk of cancer because it increases the blood pressure and the heart rate, leading to heart and cardiovascular disease in time.
Bhatnagar stated that these electronic smoking devices have to be thoroughly investigated because they most likely contain dangerous ingredients as previous studies have shown.
CDC experts established that most people become addicted to smoking and vaping before the age of 24.
In other words, the adolescence is the most crucial period when teenagers need to be well-informed and educated about the risks of becoming addicted to traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Based on a recent study, nicotine exposure between the ages of 13 and 21 has a severe impact on the brain because it prevents it from developing normally.
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