Smoking e-cigarettes, which is often referred to as “vaping,” is a trend that many people have noticed growing in the last few years. E-cigarettes are electronically operated cigarettes that use battery power to heat up nicotine vapors at the core of the device which can then be inhaled to simulate the sensation of smoking a tobacco cigarette.
Many people who have struggled with addiction to cigarettes and other tobacco products have turned to e-cigarettes and claim that the devices have helped them to quit smoking cigarettes. Proponents of e-cigarettes claim that they are more suitable for use in crowds, public spaces, and even indoors because of the fact that they use vapor rather than smoke. Many people, however, are opposed to the use and proliferation of e-cigarettes and have made strides to ensure that they are not allowed indoors or other public spaces.
City councils in cities like Boston, New York, and now Los Angeles, have recently passed ordinances that classify e-cigarettes in the same way that traditional cigarettes are classified, thus making them illegal for use in places like bars and restaurants.
Not Adequate Research On E-Cigarettes
Because of the fact that e-cigarettes are a relatively new phenomenon, many health experts advise that they should not be allowed in public spheres. There has been little opportunity to conduct long term research on the effects of both vaping and second hand vaping, and many healthcare professionals make the case that until more is known, city governments are wise to err on the side of caution.
Though many vaping enthusiasts hail e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to tobacco use, experts point to history and remind the public that at one point cigarettes themselves were considered safe and even healthy by some doctors.
Vaping to Be Treated Like Cigarette Smoking
In most cities where ordinances have been passed, vaping will be considered the same action as smoking. Advocates of these laws point out that this is a protection for customers who choose not to vape and would prefer not to be indoors or in close quarters with nicotine vapors.
Many business owners argue that their employees should not be subject to vapors if they choose not to vape themselves. Those who do choose to vape will have the opportunity to do so in the same areas that are designated for cigarette smoking.
Many individuals who vape rather than smoke have been disappointed by this decision, as a number of former smokers who have switched to vaping argue that they switched to e-cigarettes as a way to get away from tobacco cigarettes and second and first hand tobacco smoke.
Research May Provide More Insight Into the World of Vaping
It is possible that as researchers are able to gather more data about e-cigarettes, there will be more information available to either support or debunk claims about the safety issues posed by e-cigarettes. Many experts argue that whether or not second hand vaping is dangerous, smoking e-cigarettes is likely dangerous to a certain degree.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, and many doctors worry that people may become addicted to e-cigarettes as teens, especially given the number of flavors and colors that the devices are available in. Once a person is addicted to vaping, they may begin to take up smoking of traditional cigarettes, which is indisputably dangerous.
Smoking cigarettes is a very difficult habit to break, and the side effects of cigarette smoking can be lethal and may include things like lung cancer or emphysema. Most doctors agree that the best plan of action is to avoid nicotine products of all kinds. There also shows that smoking and nicotine, can increase your tendancy for alcohol abuse.photo credit: Ced via photopin cc