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Why concerns of a teenage vaping epidemic may be overblown

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2232126-why-concerns-of-a-teenage-vaping-epidemic-may-be-overblown/

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Why concerns of a teenage vaping epidemic may be overblown
"How Juul hooked a generation on nicotine" was a New York Times headline from 2018 on the new addiction apparently sweeping the youth of the US. It wasn't the only media outlet to cover the rise in e-cigarettes, as a US government survey from that year showed that vaping among teenagers was on the rise.

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E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are used as an allegedly safer way to inhale nicotine while avoiding substances like tar or carbon monoxide which can be harmful.

The use of e-cigarettes, known as Vaping, has a strong appeal among teens and even adults wanting to switch from smoking. The many flavors it came in added to the allure.

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The Vaping Ban

  • There have been reports of a strange lung illness related to vaping, which caused over 50 deaths, leading to multiple media reports over the dangers of e-cigarettes, and several flavors of vaping being banned in the US.
  • Further investigation of the vaping deaths showed that it involved people mixing harmful additives and drugs from the black market, making a lethal cocktail.
  • In general, e-cigarettes which are legal and used to deliver nicotine aren't as dangerous as portrayed by many media reports.

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