The Dangers of E-Cigarettes
So-called e-cigarettes have become the most recent product to be marketed as a safer alternative to regular smoking. However, these devices, which tend to target young adults, were put on the market with no safety testing. They work through an electronic heating process, which creates a vapor from either liquid nicotine or other flavored liquids. Although harmful chemicals found in traditional cigarettes are supposedly absent from e-cigarettes, other dangerous toxicants are still found in the makeup of these e-liquids, such as formaldehyde, diacetyl and propylene glycol.
In addition to those dangerous chemicals, e-cigarettes have been known to explode or catch fire due to their reliance on lithium-ion batteries. From 2009 through 2016, the U.S. Fire Administration reported 195 electronic cigarette explosions or fires.
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Usage & Target Audiences
Created in China in 2003, e-cigarettes were introduced to the American market in 2007. Motivations for using an e-cigarette range from attempting to quit smoking to the perception it is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and their known public health risks. There is also a recreational component; these devices are often used with flavored liquid such as menthol, chocolate and more.
Unregulated marketing, Big Tobacco’s entry in the marketplace and the sustained belief that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes has made the targeted marketing audience teenagers and young adults. In a national survey of American teens, more than 6 out of 10 believe there was little, if any, harm in moderate usage of e-cigarettes.
American middle and high school students have lighted on this trend more than any other age group. One company named Juul is so popular it has spawned a verb, ‘Juuling’. For a generation defined by their online presence, Juul is both the prop and the vice. Part of the device’s marketing is its appearance. The product does not look like a cigarette; it resembles a flash drive. This has led schools to ban flash drives to assist in combatting the problem.