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In reaction to the looming federal ban on certain types of flavored e-cigarettes, currently being led by New York and Michigan who have already banned most flavored e-liquids, vaping enthusiasts are stocking up on e-liquid.
Groups like the American Vaping Association are also warning of a return by many vapers to smoking cigarettes in the face of wide-scale vaping bans.
The reason for the impending federal ban is that there have been 530 reported cases of lung injury in the US as of September 19th. The use of e-cigarettes has also been linked to seven deaths in six states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The problem is that information on the long-term risks of vaping has yet to become available. While short term studies have shown that some risks exist, and e-cigarettes becoming the root cause of fatalities is concerning, the CDC also acknowledged that smoking will account for roughly 480,000 deaths this year in the US.
In this article, we will be examining the potential health risks of vaping, asking whether those risks outweigh the risk of a return to smoking and examine what the potential basis is for a ban on flavored e-liquids.
The American Lung Association recently released a statement warning that “e-cigarettes are not safe” and that they should not be used by young adults, pregnant women, or those who do not already use tobacco products because of recent studies showing that vaping can cause irreversible lung damage and disease.
To an extent this is accurate, vaping has been linked to the following short term health complications:
Long term studies have been hampered by the fact that vaping is a relatively recent invention, however, a study in 2019 pointed out that e-liquid aerosols contain particulates, oxidizing agents, aldehydes, and nicotine, all of which can have a negative effect on the heart and lungs.
Studies in 2017, 2018, and 2019 all reported that vaping was associated with an increased risk of a stroke, heart attack, angina, and heart disease.
No, absolutely not. As already mentioned, there will be roughly 480,000 deaths this year in the US due to smoking.
Multiple studies have produced strong evidence that smoking has the following side effects, both short and long term:
times more likely you’ll get facial wrinkling, particularly around the eyes and mouth.
The current reasoning behind the bans on flavored e-cigarettes currently in place is that, because they are flavored, e-cigarettes are targeted at children and young people.
While this is a reasonable supposition, there are already restrictions in place that prevent minors from buying other restricted substances, such as alcohol and tobacco that did not necessitate a ban.
The Royal College of Physicians, an organization representing over 35,000 doctors worldwide, has stated that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking.
While it is obvious that more attention needs to be paid to health concerns around vaping and how flavored e-cigarettes are marketed, the simple fact is that banning e-cigarettes will force people back to smoking tobacco, which will account for far more than six deaths in the long run.
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If you’d like to learn more about what our medical assistant course can offer you, call one of our enrollment specialists at (702) 403-1592 today. We provide flexible learning, with online and on-campus morning, afternoon and night classes to accommodate your Las Vegas work and family schedule. Once you’ve graduated, our dedicated and experienced Career Services team will work with you to help you find the best employment opportunities in Las Vegas. Call us now on (702) 403-1592 to start your journey!
Written by: Amanda Beardsley, C.M.A. Medical Assistant Program Chair