E-cigarettes are battery powered vaporizers originally used to inhale liquid nicotine.
Inside of an E-cigarette is a battery that heats the liquid, which then produces "vapor"
These "vapors" are actually, aerosol! In other words...when your inhaling aerosol you are essentially inhaling hairspray (which is an aerosol). So, what is the difference between the two?
Vapor is a liquid that becomes a gas, whereas aerosol is a liquid that remains a liquid in tiny droplet form.
Since they were first invented in 2003, E-cigarettes have evolved over the years. They used to look like real cigarettes called cig-a-like. These early E-cigarettes were disposable after a one time use. When they started to gain popularity they morphed into different variations like vape pens, mods, and pod-based e-cigarettes (like Juul). As they morphed, E-cigarettes became more convenient and appealing for young users . This birthed the rechargeable and refillable models used today. They are even sold now to look like everyday items like USB's to normalize the use of these products & help disguise them when using in school and work.
Resources for this article are in part by the CDC, FDA and the NHIS
It's no secret that vaping is an issue. At least not to me.
Clearly, the youth and even adults using electronic cigarettes (vape pens, Juul pods, mods, cig-a-like) do not know the data or the facts to the dangers of using these devices.
Today's post is going to highlight some of these data points and facts.
Follow along for the next few weeks to discuss with me other topics on youth and adult vaping including: "What are electronic cigarettes?" , "How and why did they become so popular?" , "What are the potential health risks and concerns?" , "Am I being targeted to use these products?" ...and many more!
At this point, you might be wondering... "What is the data and facts?" well, here they are:
According to the findings from New Jersey Department of Health, the CDC and the FDA's National Youth Tobacco Survey..
- "The US cigarette smoking rate among youth have significantly decreased over the past decade. The current smoking rate for High School students in New Jersey is 5%."
So, if you are thinking that, that sounds pretty low! You would be right. But why is it so low? Because youth are not smoking cigarettes anymore. THEY ARE VAPING.
-"In 2007 Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (or Vapes) were introduced to the US and over the past 10 years, use of these devises has skyrocketed to almost 21% of US High School students in 2018"
-"Teens that initiate use of vapes are more likely to start using other tobacco products like hookah, cigars, and cigarettes. 65% of youth who had used an e-cig in the last 30 days also reported using another tobacco product in the same time frame."
-"Popular to contrary belief, there is no sufficient evidence leading towards the use of e-cigarettes helping people quit smoking regular cigarettes."
These are only a handful of facts about the use of electronic cigarettes. I have not even breached the surface.
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CDC Reports Show A Surge in Drug-Related Deaths
"There were more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths between June 2019 and May 2020, according to the latest provisional numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
This is the largest number of drug overdoses ever recorded during a 12-month period. The number is an 18% increase from the prior 12-month period.
The use of synthetic opioids, likely fentanyl, is a primary factor driving the overdoses. Deaths involving cocaine also increased 26.5% compared to the previous reporting period.
While the increase began before the COVID epidemic, between March 2020 and May 2020 the deaths accelerated at a concerning rate."
To view the full article: HAN Archive - 00438 | Health Alert Network (HAN) (cdc.gov)