Since their release, e-cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cig’s,
have bursted on to the scene and there seems to be no signs of slowing
down. In fact, the use of e-cigs continues to climb at a steady pace.
How do they work you may ask? Instead of tar and nicotine, the main harmful
ingredients in traditional cigarettes that cause health issues including
cancer, e-cigs release nicotine-laced water vapor in place of smoke. A
big concern from the American Heart Association (AHA) is that when exhaled,
e-cigs vapor can perhaps expose users to toxic chemicals.
In fact, the AHA does not challenge that e-cigs are an alternative to traditional
smoking, they are simply saying that we may not know the long term issues
e-cigs may cause. Whether good or bad, more research is needed to be done.
In the mean time, the AHA is calling for e-cigarettes to be treated just
like any other tobacco product by placing a ban on the sale of them to
youth and regulate how they are made and sold. The worry here is that
e-cigs are targeting, through social media ads and many other forms of
marketing, to the younger generation.
The AHA would also like to see e-cigarette companies to act quicker by
to require child-proofing the packages.