The Rise of Vaping Illnesses

The implications of the use of vaping products and e-cigarettes has been the subject for debate over the past few years. Many manufacturers and enthusiasts have advertised such devices as much less harmful than cigarettes despite still containing nicotine, while others have argued that the long-term effects are not yet known. Recent cases of illnesses connected to vaping, however, have finally brought more attention to the issue.

More than 215 cases of vaping-related issues have been reported in 2019 with symptoms such as shortness of breath, vomiting, fever and fatigue. Even though vaping and e-cigarettes are less harmful than actual cigarettes, medical officials have found problems with them. Remnants of the oils, which contain THC or nicotine, present in such products may be left behind and prove to be quite toxic for the user’s lungs. The illnesses associated with vaping may also be caused by foreign ingredients such as Vitamin E oil. Basically, the manufacture of vaping products that contain illegal foreign substances could be a considerable factor in the rise of these illnesses.

Now that the issue has been given more attention, many have called for the improved regulation of vaping products as well as more awareness to the uncertainty of their long-term effects. These positions are reasonable; the further regulation of vaping and e-cigarette devices will surely result in much less illnesses and deaths. We should not criticize the production of the devices themselves but the illegal substances that find their way into the supply. Banning vaping products outright would prove to only worsen the issue, as history tells us. People should certainly be more considerate in their choices and acknowledge that the long-term effects of vaping are yet to be known.

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