The global use of e-cigarettes has risen dramatically in the last two years, and the number of addicts has probably exceeded 20 million since it was first produced in 2003, especially among young people and women in many countries of the world.
A survey conducted in several countries in 2013 found that white adult smokers have an understanding that e-cigarettes is advantageous, especially in high-income communities, where use in the United States and Europe is higher than in other countries, with the exception of China, which has the largest number of electronic cigarettes users.
But as awareness campaigns grew, the use of e-cigarettes in Britain and the United States began to decline especially after the authorities there warned of the dangers of this phenomenon. Many e-cigarette smokers continue to smoke traditional cigarettes, which is evidence of the failure of vape smokers to get rid of ordinary tobacco smoking.
Electronic cigarettes are common among mid-aged men who also smoke ordinary cigarettes, either to help them quit smoking or for recreational use. The dual use of e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco remains a concern and the most common pattern.
The portal hypothesis says that the use of less harmful drugs carries a future risk of using more dangerous drugs. There is widespread concern that vaping may be a “gateway” to smoking drugs like marijuana. Nicotine is a gateway to opium addiction, where nicotine lowers the threshold of addiction to other factors, and the portal model is a way to illustrate the potential impact of increased risk of vaping and continued use of burnt tobacco products.
Users of e-cigarettes, who use nicotine-containing devices, are exposed to its potentially harmful effects. It is associated with cardiovascular disease, possible birth defects and poisoning.
Electronic cigarette vapor is also likely to contain harmful chemicals not found in tobacco smoke. Even if electronic cigarettes are considered less dangerous than conventional cigarettes, they still damage the lungs.
Electronic cigarette aerosols typically contain nicotine, additives and other contaminants, which can affect the natural lung biology. The question: Is vaping fatal? Answer: Yes. That is why many people have banned e-smoking, including California; especially after studies have shown that nicotine-containing vaping products lead to lung inflammation and tissue damage.
On the other hand, Professor Shaul Schiffman said that many recent scientific studies have confirmed that light cigarettes are able to transport quantities of tar and nicotine equivalent to those emanating from ordinary cigarettes, despite the belief in smokers that this type of cigarette is less harmful than the other.
Prof Schiffman says there are companies that, when making cigarettes, add a filter to purify the toxins carried by cigarettes, but while smoking press the filter with their fingers, which makes it ineffective, note that one cigarette contains tens of thousands of chemicals, most of which are carcinogenic or cause infertility.
By Ahmad alsarraf