Everyone you know either vapes or knows someone who does. While e-cigarettes have been around in 1960, vaping specifically, started in 2003 when Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik invented e-liquid, the liquid inside of e-cigarettes. The Center for Disease Control reports that across the United States, about 3.7 percent of adults use e-cigarettes either every day or some days.
Although e-cigarettes were created to aid adults who were looking for an alternative for smoking cigarettes, they are more popular with teenagers. The problem with this is that e-cigarette ads do not show the harmful effects of vaping; they instead show the perceived positive social effects such as including sex, independence, and rebellion.
E-cigarettes being marketing to teens is becoming even more serious recently as seven people were killed and at least 380 people have fallen sick due to vaping-related illnesses in 36 states as well as the US Virgin Islands since April. The majority of these patients are in their late 20s and had no previous health issues.
Major e-cigarette companies like JUUL Labs, Inc. have taken some measures to reduce teen vaping such as taking away more attractive flavors like mango – which are popular with teenagers. Along with this, seventeen states along with Washington, D.C. have raised the tobacco age to 21. However, doctors are strongly advising people to stay away from e-cigarettes as not much is known about them including the risks.