The Road from Tobacco to E-Cigarettes, Vaping, Nicotine & Marijuana
Cigarette use is at an all-time low, thanks to aggressive anti-smoking campaigns. But a new trend has emerged in its place—vaping. Estimates vary, but there are probably between 6,000 and 15,000 "vape shops" in the U.S.1 By comparison, there were 13,172 Starbucks shops in 2016.
Vaping uses electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes), a device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to the boiling point so the vapors can be inhaled. Vaping is marketed as a safer alternative to smoking combustible cigarettes and as a way to help smokers eventually quit. While safer than smoking combustible cigarettes, the practice of vaping is too new for us to know its long-term effects. What is known is that...
has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #48, Spring 2019 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo48/teen-vapors