Rapid increase in the use of e-cigarettes or vaping devices is becoming a threat to public health. According to surveys, the youth in Canada is more inclined towards smoking. E-cigarettes could be a suspected cause behind it.

Centers for Disease Control data in the US also shows that the number of youth who used e-cigarettes in 2018 was 1.5 million more than in 2017. Stricter regulations need to be placed on them. If left unchecked, the next generation will become the heaviest smoking and the most nicotine dependent in recent history. This would lead to wasting of all the efforts made for protecting the youth from such a situation.

How to prevent the youth from becoming nicotine dependent?

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The positive brand image and promotions of e-cigarettes and vaping devices help to attract children. This is one major issue that needs to be dealt with. Marketing through social media has also led to growth in sales.

Looking at the present scenario, the government must totally ban these promotions and advertisements. The vaping devices must be packed in plain packages. Further, the government must ban these devices in tobacco prohibited areas and limit their accessibility as well.

Are vaping devices helpful or harmful?

E-cigarettes are the initiation point of smoking for the youth. The vaping devices must are not helping people to stop smoking. Instead, it is making them more nicotine dependent. Even though these vaping devices use fewer chemicals, they contain potentially harmful substances as well.

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E-cigarettes contain heavy metals like volatile organic compounds, lead and cancer causing agents also. According to research, individuals trying to quit smoking with the help of vaping devices usually fail.