It is time to think about vaping in America. We need to recognize that it is not an innocuous practice with no cost to individuals or society. “E-cigarettes were introduced in 2006 as an alternative to combustible cigarettes.” Health officials announced last week what they believe to be the first death linked with e-cigarettes and vaping. A rapidly-growing number of people are being diagnosed with serious respiratory illnesses and lung damage also believed to be linked with vaping and e-cigarettes.
In recent years, vaping or using e-cigarettes has become a substitute for conventional cigarette smoking. On many evenings (after 10 pm), commercials are aired for vaping that are aimed at adults who want help quitting cigarettes. A major concern about vaping is the claim that manufacturers (e.g., Juul) have carefully targeted teenagers and young adults with advertising. This advertising attracted many young users of the technology who never smoked conventional cigarettes. [Read more…]