Electronic smoking devices have definitely brought about a new lifestyle for all the smokers out there. Despite the strictest rules and regulations of clean air policies; especially indoors, one can now comfortably and with a clear conscience puff away in almost any establishment, be it a restaurant, plane or even a theatre. All you need to do is make sure that your cigarette runs on battery and not tobacco.
These devices are basically a small product powered by a battery, delivering a refined amount of nicotine, minus any smoke or flame. The technology was released on the market six years ago and it has established itself as quite trendy in today’s society. Some smokers have taken these as a medium to quit the habit of smoking altogether; unlike mediums of patches and anti-smoking gums, this little piece of equipment imitates the real smoking feeling and nicotine rush. Others just utilise this technology to attain their quick fix of nicotine in places where it might be prohibited otherwise.
A stark drawback of these devices is their availability and being sold without any age restrictions in a number of clubs, bars, and some kiosks in shops, and online. These devices come with cartridges that are easily replaceable and a much lower cost to regular cigarettes. These cartridges carry several levels of nicotine, providing the user with the ability to choose. The cartridge comes in a non-nicotine version as well, for those who want to quit. The best part for its users is a wide array of flavours available along with the cartridges. It means a new flavour can be tested every time the cartridge is refilled.
There is definitely a niche market in today’s world for these devices; however, research on this technology and gadgets needs to be carried out to make sure we are thoroughly aware of its advantages and potential harm before getting too content with electronic smoking devices. At this point, it is still not very clear what the inhaler is getting when they use the device. It is clear – the psychological need of an inhalation and the vapour is what keeps the user hooked onto these little devices, along with the notion it is less harmful than conventional cigarettes.
One disastrous drawback that cannot be ignored that is rapidly spreading is the increasing popularity amongst the teens; not just a fad, but a social habit among teens. No matter how ‘safe’ these e-cigarettes are, teens with their impressionable minds should not get into this vicious cycle in their adolescence. A sharp increase in device usage and its target market of teens has the social health experts quite worried, and rightly so.
Teens and Worries
As stated, there are numerous worries about teens and the increasing popularity of these devices. However, adults and/or parents can make certain that they speak with their children, monitor what they use in terms of nicotine or no nicotine, and help to show their children why even these cigarette devices are bad for them.