Why Do Kids Vape?
Kids vape, but the questions is why do they vape? A new study that has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has revealed the reason why teenagers love to vape. The reason is, is that vaporizers are perceived to be cool.
The study conducted included a survey of 2367 9th grade students that were aged between 14 and 15 that lived in Ontario, Canada.
10% of the respondents said that they use e-cigarettes and 72% of this group said that they used them because the activity is thought to be fun, cool or new.
Dr.Michael Khoury, one of the paper’s authors said that it is concerning as the teenagers are not using these devices for what they are marketed for, which is a smoking cessation device.
Less than 6% of participants said that they were using vaporizers to quit or reduce their smoking habits.
Dr. Khoury also said that it is still to early to say if e-cigarettes encourage smoking among teens that like the coolness aspect or if the devices are actually a safer alternative for those that are already susceptible to these behaviors.
It is recognized that the study is limited in scope and also does not prove causation, but researchers are in agreement that the development of strict regulations is needed to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers.
An age restriction on e-cigarettes would be a good place to start as multiple studies have raised concerns over the safety of vaporizer and the hazards that they pose both internally and externally.
E-cigarettes are still unregulated and are gaining popularity all over the world. In the US they have further gained popularity with many states legalizing the use of medical marijuana. E-cigarettes do still contain nicotine and this is the addictive substance that is used in traditional cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are marketed as being safer and healthier than smoking, but they can be addictive and this is where a major concern is especially with teenagers.