Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes
By SHEILA KAPLAN
JAN. 23, 2018
This article addresses an issue that is closely related to our health and we should all be aware of the negative effects of e-cigarettes, despite the fact that they are not as harmful when compared to the conventional ones.
According to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in Washington, it was concluded that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be at higher risk of smoking.
This issue has been intensely debated in the United States and elsewhere. The panel of public health experts found evidence among studies that vaping may prompt teenagers or young adults to try regular cigarettes, putting them at higher risk for addiction. However, no significant linkage between e-cigarettes and long-term smoking has been established. The experts said it was unable to determine whether young people were just trying cigarettes or becoming habitual smokers.
The authors of the new report cited conclusive evidence that vaping can be addictive, and that exposure to nicotine from e-cigarettes sometimes depends on the characteristics of the device, as well as how it is used. They also cited conclusive proof that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarettes contain and emit potentially toxic substances.
The main argument of the article is that teenage use of e-cigarettes leads to conventional smoking. Kaplan supports her argument with results from different surveys, statistics and expert opinions. Her intended audience is mainly new generation, teenagers and also their parents who have the right to be fully informed of the negative effects that stem from the consumption of e-cigarettes.