The new trend of vaping and e-cigarettes are becoming more like an epidemic than a fad. With about 215 confirmed cases of vaping related lung illness occurring, victim’s loved ones, doctors, and local officials are boggled at what the cause is. The problem with confirming a direct cause however is the lack of honesty with the individuals suffering from the illness, all in their late teens and early 20’s. The main problem of this epidemic, is not only the deceit that the vapes are bringing to the youth, but the severity of the disease. People believe that they are choosing a healthy alternative to smoking regular cannabis or cigarettes however the added chemicals and oils are as damaging than cigarettes if not more.
The way any vape works, is that it heats up oils used to deliver the drugs to one’s lungs, however, when these oils cool down, they leave a residue of the oil left over in the lungs, and this can be deadly. Another main problem is the increase in use of these said e-cigarettes and vape pens. There simply isn’t enough research being done on the products themselves or the chemicals inside of them that teens and young adults are putting into their bodies. Doctors and officials are fighting for an explanation and treatment plan for the illness caused by the under-studied effects of vaping various products that are harmful to the younger generation.