Are you still vaping?

Johnson City Press • Oct 21, 2019 at 11:27 AM

Electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity in the last few years it seems, both as a way to kick old habits and a way to start new ones.

These battery-powered devices allow users to ingest nicotine — and other substances — along with water vapor, and bypass some of the harmful effects that come with traditional smoking.

Anecdotally, some say they’ve been able to kick their smoking habits with the devices, although their use as a smoking cessation tool have not been examined by U.S. regulatory authorities. There’s also evidence to suggest the easily concealable vaping devices are preferred among teens too young to buy them or cigarettes legally.

A recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses medical professionals connected to vaping has caused concern among vapers and non-vapers alike.

More than 1,400 people have been struck by the affliction and 33 have died. Last week, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed the first vaping-related death in our state, a man who recently moved to Nashville from Minnesota.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, THC, the chemical present in marijuana, was present in most of the samples tested by the Food and Drug Administration from those who fell ill, suggesting the chemical or a specific vaping product containing the chemical may be a contributing factor.

Still, to be on the safe side, the CDC suggested refraining from all e-cigarette and vaping products until the source of the lung malady can be determined.

What we’re asking this week is whether the illnesses and the medial professionals’ recommendations are enough of a deterrent.

Are you still vaping? If no, what made you stop? If yes, why do you believe continuing, despite the warnings, is the correct path for you?

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