According to the Center for Disease Control, tobacco is the leading cause of premature and preventable deaths in the country, so it’s no wonder people would turn to e-cigarettes as a way to prevent themselves from joining this statistic. In a press announcement from the Food and Drug Administration, they said that nearly all adult cigarette smokers started smoking when they were kids. Nearly 90 percent started smoking before the age of 18, and 95 percent by age 21 and this same situation is on the rise among youth and e-cigs. E-cigarettes have been marketed as being a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, but when most of this information comes from the tobacco and companies that sell these products, is this information really all that trustworthy?
The most popular brand of e-cigarettes are VUSE which are owned by the second largest tobacco company in the United States. It should be noted that the first thing that comes up on VUSE’s website is a big disclaimer that says,
“WARNING: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL.”
What they don’t tell you are all the other chemicals that are in them. According to drugabuse.gov, studies have shown that some e-cigarettes have been known to contain carcinogens, assorted toxic chemicals, as well as metal particulates from the device itself. There’s a reason that the FDA has started pushing for more regulations, especially to prevent their sales to minors.
There have been multiple lawsuits made against e-cigarette companies, Juul being the latest target. Claims against them have included people suing the company for getting them addicted to nicotine- even though their website has the same disclaimer as VUSE. The most recent lawsuit filed against them however, doesn’t come from a person or group of people, but rather the FDA itself.
Vaping among minors is reaching what the FDA is calling an “epidemic proportion.” In hopes to prevent youth from becoming more nicotine addicted than they already are, the FDA said they would be taking a closer look at Juul’s operations and has sent out letters to thousands of retailers across the country emphasizing the importance of preventing sales to minors.
Juul pods in particular have been known to carry extremely potent levels of nicotine. It doesn’t help that younger, developing brains are very susceptible to addiction and the effects of chemicals like nicotine can cause a lot of harm both mentally and physically.
It’s a good thing that the FDA is cracking down more on e-cigarette manufacturers. I believe in regulation for protection. The health of our country is important and the health of our youth even more so.
Addiction is a very big and very real problem in America. Approximately 50 million people are addicted to nicotine in the United States alone. That’s about 6.5 percent of the population. Of those who smoke, 90 percent said they started before the age of 18. It’s important to keep each other safe and by regulating e-cigarettes, it might prevent more people from becoming addicted.