Almost all contain nicotine, (regardless of what the package says), and kids are using them more and more.
E-cigarettes are proving to be popular-especially with youths. And this is ringing alarm bells with the government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a new, comprehensive campaign aimed at warning kids against the dangers of using the product.
While some consider them to be a healthier alternative, compared to regular cigarettes, the product isn’t without its drawbacks.
Here are 4 more things you should know about E-cigs:
1) They’re Just as Addictive as Cigarettes
According to the American Lung Association, almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, even those with labels that say they don’t. This makes they highly addictive.
In teens and adolescents with growing brains, nicotine can rewire the brain to crave even more.
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2) Companies Are Using Fruit Flavors to Attract Kids
Experts at the FDA feel that the use of fruit flavoring in e-cigarettes is being done not only to provide all consumers of the product with choice, but mainly to attract a younger crowd. Kind of like a candy coating.
3) The Numbers Are in the Millions
In the past several years, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by youth, according to statistics. More than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017, and the FDA says the numbers are now reaching epidemic proportions.
4) They Contain a Bunch of Other Chemicals That Make Your Skin Crawl
E-cigarettes also contain acrolein, a chemical known to cause irreversible lung damage, formaldehyde, and toxic metal particles, like chromium, lead and nickel. Yum.