According to the report released by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, E-cigarette is growing popular among teenagers. There is significant decrease in cigarette smoking but e-cigarette is caching trend and in just one year the use of e-cigarette has tripled, and making it the most popular tobacco product among teenagers.
According to the report, 2.5 million middle and high school students are engaged in e-cigarette usage in 2014.
The companies who manufacture e-cigarettes have released a report on the harmful effects of e-cigarette, it was such a long report, and they have said that e-cigarette is more harmful than the traditional cigarettes.
Teenagers are drawn towards e-cigarette not only because of the novelty but because of the different flavors offered by it.
Some teenagers believe that smoking e-cigarette is having the same effects of that of the regular cigarette but the flavors are adding attraction to it.
The report revealed that between 2011 and 2014, the usage of e-cigarette has shown a significant increase from only 1.5 percent in 2011 to 13.4 percent in 2014. The high school students shown increase in e-cigarette use, more than any other group. The regular cigarette smoking has seen a decrease from 16 percent to 9 percent.
E-cigarette uses a battery which heats and converts flavoring nicotine liquid to vapor which the user inhales. It does not give out smoke or tar as in conventional cigarette.
CDC states that nicotine is more addictive and it will have an impact on the development of the adolescent’s brain.
The US Food and Drug Administration which does not regulate e-cigarette had previously expressed concerns about the contents of the vapor.
They cannot regulate e-cigarette as they are still tobacco products.
Spokesman from FDA said that by June of this year, they will have regulations on e-cigarette like age restrictions etc.
“The news that cigarette smoking is at an all-time low is colored by the fact that we have seen the greatest explosion in the use of e-cigarettes that one could imagine,” said Matthew Myers, executive director of the advocacy group Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
Myers said, “There have also been studies showing because of the lack of controls of what’s in e-cigarettes, some of them give off formaldehyde. What we’ve also seen is that some substances that are benign in food like vanilla when heated and inhaled become highly dangerous to the lungs.”