What Every E-Cigarette User Should Know About Vaping and Kids
The e-cigarette industry has grown steadily since the first vaping devices were manufacturing in the 2000’s. Today, vaping is widely accepted and is even considered a fad among young people.
For many, vaping is a healthier option to smoking tobacco cigarettes. In fact, most people looking to quit or reduce their smoking habit have turned to vaping as a practical way to achieve their goal. In the UK alone more than half of the estimated 2.9 million e-cigarette users have completely stopped smoking, according to a recent survey.
Despite these stats, governments across the world are looking to regulate vaping by placing stringent laws similar to those levied against the tobacco industry. Most officials agree with scientists who say that although vaping appears to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes, more research needs to be conducted to know what possible health risks it could pose to long-term users.
There are also fears that the rapid rise in the sale of homemade e-liquids may have adverse health effects on unsuspecting people who vape them. Authorities in the UK recently enacted new laws to regulate the sale and use of vaping devices. Under these new laws, e-liquid manufacturers are required to submit a list of their ingredients for approval.
U.S. health officials have also weighed in on the possible dangers of vaping. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, vaping may affect the cognitive development of young people. (such as school kids)
Authorities have cautioned adults who enjoy vaping to be mindful of the dangers of consuming potentially harmful chemicals. Diacetyl is an example of a dangerous chemical which could affect the lungs. Vapers must avoid chemicals such as this which are sold as a flavoring agent. It’s for reasons like this that vapers are advised to only buy e-liquid blends from recognized vendors.
Although vapers can take hits in places where traditional cigarette smokers cannot, health authorities say the practice may not be the best – especially when children are around. A significant percent of adults are currently of the opinion that second-hand vaping poses little or not threat to children.
However, a report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says aerosol, which is created from vaping, contains tiny particles of heavy metals like tin, lead, and nickel which can be potentially harmful. Nicotine is also listed as a potential health risk.
According to a survey published on Thursday by the CDC, about 40 percent of adults think exposing kids to aerosol is not harmful. But, one-third of the more than 4,000 adults who participated in the survey said they were unsure about the effects of second-hand vaping on children.
In 2016, U.S. officials began advocating for regulations that would prevent people from breathing second-hand aerosol indoors. A ban has been placed on manufacturers providing potential customers or reviewers free samples of their vaping products.
“A sufficient body of evidence justifies actions taken now to prevent and reduce the use of e-cigarettes and exposure to second-hand aerosol from e-cigarettes, particularly among youth and young adults,” the CDC’s report read. “Most important, many health risks are already known, and sufficient information exists to take action to minimize potential harms, The evidence is most compelling for nicotine.”
What vapers who have children can take from this is that vaping your favorite blends in front of your kids especially indoors, may not be the best idea. And it is imperative to purchase your e-liquid from certified vendors and brands given the proliferation of unregulated homemade e-juice on the market.