There is serious debate among pundits, researchers and arbitrators (such as the Centers for Disease Control) as to whether vaping is a gateway habit to cigarette smoking or nicotine addiction among teenagers. While vaping can be an alternative form of nicotine consumption, there is significant data showing that teenagers are more interested in using nicotine-free e-liquids in their vaporizers. In fact, there are a number of studies that support the idea that vaping is inherently linked to the decline of cigarette smoking and nicotine addiction in teenagers.
Among high school students, the popularity of vaping is increasing exponentially by the year. Research shows teenagers are far more interested in flavored e-liquids that come in novel varieties like Mad Hatter’s I love Donuts, Cookies And Cream et cetera. The primary ingredient in these e-liquids are propylene glycol, which is considered “generally safe to ingest” by the US Food and Drug Administration.
There is significant disparity in the consumption of these flavored e-liquids versus that of e-liquids containing nicotine among teenagers. Studies show that nicotine e-liquids are popular among vapers that are already smokers, and only a small minority of “flavor vapers” move on to vaping nicotine.
There is still plenty of disagreement as to the general perception of vaping. But we should all be able to concur that the rising popularity of vape culture and simultaneous decline of smoking in teenagers is a good thing. Given time, research and regulation we may have solid proof that vaping to make a beneficial impact on society.
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