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Why the Increase in Alternative Tobaccos and Vaping is Alarming

Why the Increase in Alternative Tobaccos and Vaping is Alarming

Cigarette smoking is on the decline with teens. Even though it was increasing in the ‘90s, cigarette smoking went back down again. Numbers do not capture the entire picture. Nobody was really prepared for the next big thing in smoking: vaping. Vapes of both nicotine and marijuana are increasing sharply. Find out why the increase is alarming and what can be done to stem the tide.

Access is Higher

Even though a law has been passed denying the sale of e-cigarettes to people under eighteen years of age, it is not a difficult law to get around. Many young people still manage to get their hands on vaping equipment, hookahs, and other smokeless products. Websites are the new way to get access to vaping paraphernalia. People of all ages are using these products, thinking that vaping is a ‘safer alternative’ to smoking. Vaping normalizes a destructive behavior and introduces something into the body that does not belong.

Beyond Addiction

Smoking is associated with more than just health concerns later in life. Even though many people who smoke start in their teens, there are other entry points for people who smoke. Many experts consider the emotional implications behind tobacco use in teens and adults. Vaping comes with flavored juices. These juices entice adults into smoking who may otherwise have stayed away from cigarettes but enjoy the flavors.

Facts About Vaping

Vaping is not automatically a negative thing. People who get rid of dependence on cigarettes or smoke-related products may still use vaping as an intermediary to quitting altogether. Even though E-cigarettes have been deemed less physically harmful than cigarettes, they can still cause damage to the body for several reasons:

  • They still have nicotine. This makes them addictive in a way that is similar to regular cigarettes.
  • The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has found nicotine has a big impact on the brain development of young people
  • The FDA does not approve any products from e-cigarette companies. Various brands may be wildly different in ingredients, composition, effects, and may not ultimately be safe for consumption

With risks not being widely known, the extent of the damage being done from vaping is not well researched. The best way to mitigate risks is to not smoke or vape. However, for people who choose to do it and find themselves unable to quit, it is best to find a program that helps people with smokeless tobacco addiction and dependence issues before any damage is done that cannot be reversed.

Smoking is a personal choice but it can have long lasting repercussions. If you or a loved one struggle with smoking addiction, or have trouble quitting vaping, it may be time to seek help. Let us help you recover from addiction. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401