When taking a close look around college campuses or various spots in Baltimore County, vapor shops and people walking around with contraptions that resemble a form of a pen appear to be everywhere.
This new phenomenon is called vaping. One of the popular new shops is called S.S. Vape. They have more than one location, one being in Timonium, and sell various accessories related to the device. While walking around on the CCBC campus, you will more than likely spot someone vaping.
The product works by having a battery, a chamber that holds the liquid, and what is called a drip tip. The battery heats the liquid nicotine and produces vapor. Users then inhale the vapor, and exhale the vapor creating a similar feeling to smoking.
While this seems like a harmless substitute to tobacco smoke, there is much controversy on the matter. From the effort to ban the use of these products to taxing them highly, the opposition to this device cannot go unnoticed.
Not only is this a healthy alternative to tobacco smoke, it also has the potential to get one’s consumption of nicotine down drastically. The nicotine juices/liquids come in a variety of different flavors and strengths. Consumers can pick and choose what works best for them making this substitute extremely effective.
Vaping is more effective for its users than other products such as lozenges and patches. By using the electronic vapor, people are able to still have the hand habit associated with smoking a cigarette as well as seeing the vapor when you exhale. This makes vaping easier to stick to instead of regressing back to smoking tobacco products.
Since it is all electronic, vapor instead of smoke, and only contains liquid nicotine, the device and product is completely tobacco free. A recent study conducted by Igor Burstyn, professor at Drexel University, confirmed that any and all chemicals produced from the electronic cigarettes are not hazardous to its users or bystanders.
Vapor use should not be a concern in areas that are tobacco free. While it is understandable that these vaping products are not allowed to be used everywhere, such as movie theaters and classrooms, the levels of any chemicals created from vaping are so low that there is no health risk to members of the public that may be around it.
The use of vaping eliminates many of the problems associated with smoking. Not only are there no health risks from this device, they do not cause a fire hazard. This makes the use of vaping a healthy and safe alternative to all, but especially elder people who smoke.
Vaping also gets rid of many of the annoying side effects of smoking. When using the electronic device, you do not have the smell of smoke on an individual and their clothing or the changing in the color of skin and teeth. It also puts an end to the littering of cigarette butts and the dirtiness of the ashes.
There has always been emphasis put on health related to smoking. The traditional smoking of cigarettes can cause numerous forms of cancers and diseases. Vaping has helped numerous people from inhaling deadly chemicals that are in cigarettes such as, acetone, ammonia, arsenic, butane, carbon monoxide, methanol, tar, and more.
Instead of being positive and supportive of the health benefits of vaping, individuals and associations are attempting to put bans and high taxes on the devices and products.
Although it is reasonable that the community would like regulations and approval from the Food and Drug Administration on such products, the reality of its benefits to users should outweigh the concern. Bans on vaping should not be a primary concern for society.
Texting and driving, drug and alcohol abuse, and obesity pose far more of a threat individually than vaping will in society. If anything, the community as a whole should be supportive of the trend and dramatic increase of previous smokers switching to vaping.
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