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E-cigarettes? Buy or Bye? It is quite ironic and humorous that the tobacco industry has been forced to confess the hazards of smoking by slapping on ghastly warnings on cigarette packs, while being confronted by extremist ads simultaneously all over the internet about harmful results from smoking due to nicotine and smoke. Yet, nothing has been implemented into giving disclaimers on E-cigarettes and other vaping products, instead, people have been advocating E-cigarettes and vaping as a “cure to quit smoking.. However, strong evidence has shown that an extreme amount of E-cigarettes contain highly addictive toxins like Carcinogens, Nicotine, and dozens of unregulated ingredients which greatly affects the health of young American consumers, paving a dangerous gateway towards tobacco. My older brother who had tried vaping to quit smoking a few months ago began to crave more and more the substance the vape had in high concentrations, nicotine. He began smoking even more than he usually does, going from smoking three times a day after every meal to smoking twice as much to be able to satisfy the cravings. In the end, he ended up going back to smoking cigarettes in order to fulfill his needs. Hence, it solidifies that E-cigarettes are majorly dangerous for a person to use and it doesn’t help someone to stop smoking.  Hundreds of brands are marketing E-cigarettes as a way to “get your nicotine fix” without knowledge of the dangers of E-cigarettes. The easily accessed heating device turns the liquid into vapor after you take a drag, emitting no secondhand smoke (only vapor) and  no ashes or odor. Consequently, , E-cigarettes can be used in places where traditional cigarettes aren’t allowed, such as office buildings, bars, and restaurants, making the air safer for everyone to breathe. The convenience of E-cigarettes gives young adults and smokers the opportunity to smoke even more since they believe there are no signs of carbon smokes into the lungs..  Yet, E-cigarettes increases the intake of  nicotine into the body rather than cutting back the obsessive cancerous factor, creating less of an incentive to quit or cut back on cigarette use. Nicotine is well known to be as addictive as heroin, a life-threatening drug. And E-cigarette users, particularly children and teens, may be starting to go down the road of a lifetime addiction to a substance.The unaware damages exceed beyond control.Rather than putting an end to tobacco intake once and for all, we are blindly promoting and sponsoring a negative E-cigarette trend for young people through advertising different scents like cotton candy or chocolate. According to the data of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Know the Risk”, ” Their use has grown dramatically in the last five years. Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults.” National Youth Tobacco Survey from Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s ReportResearchers found that until the age of 25, brains are still growing. So each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. As young people, our brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Since addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults.  Hence, forcing a gateway for young adults to look for a stronger dosage of nicotine from tobacco, becoming addicted to it. It’s really sad to see another carcinogen being replaced with another carcinogen. It’s like saying Diet Coke is much better than regular Coke and a more healthier substitution;, however, instead it is replaced with more harmful artificial sweeteners. Once again, we become prone to look for alternatives and substitutions that we often forget to fully commit ourselves into quitting our bad habits. It’s like we’re stuck on a treadmill running in the same place, praying for a miracle to happen. Drug Development Technology describing what happens to the brain when nicotine is in your system.   Although, E-cigarettes creates a safer alternative for long-term cigarette smokers who have been unsuccessfully trying to quit smoking and allows smokers to be able to control the level of nicotine being put into the liquid. However, despite their positive outcomes, according to Matt Richell from the New York Times, “Use of E-Cigarettes by Young People Is Major Concern, Surgeon General Declares,”   the “C.D.C reports on smoking trends, found the sharpest drop of traditional cigarette use was among young people, with 13 percent of 18- to-24-year-olds are still smoking.” Thus, proving that there isn’t enough evidence that the increase in E-cigarette use is leading to the drop in smoking., It evidently signalizes that E-cigarettes aren’t fulfilling the job it was made for. Rather, it extenuates a bigger problem of nicotine abuse for new generations.  So what’s next? E-Bourbon to get rid of alcoholism? Fat free fast food? Or hell, those swear jars? Come on now, they are all excuses we’re trying to persuade ourselves away from our deadly sins,  only to dig ourselves into a bigger and deeper hole. If you truly want to change or quit something, don’t go fiddling around trying to look for alternatives. Try this, DON’T DO IT in the first place. And for  those of you who have already accidentally joined the smoker gang, Nicotine Patches and other options can be used for replacement therapy.                 Sources:Richtel, Matt. “Use of E-Cigarettes by Young People Is Major Concern, Surgeon General Declares.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Dec. 2016 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/health/e-cigarettes-united-states.html”Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s Report.” Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/”E-Cigarettes: Weighing the Pros and Cons.” The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse – Addiction Science, Prevention & Treatment Research, 1 Dec. 2016https://www.centeronaddiction.org/e-cigarettes/about-e-cigarettes/e-cigarettes-weighing-pros-and-consCassidy, Susan. “How Electronic Cigarettes Work.” HowStuffWorks Science, HowStuffWorks, 26 Oct. 2011 https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/everyday-innovations/electronic-cigarette.htmWheeler, Regina Boyle. “The Vape Debate: What You Need to Know.” WebMD, WebMD https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/vape-debate-electronic-cigarettes#1 “nicvax for nicotine add1.” Drug Development Technology, www.drugdevelopment-technology.com/projects/nicvaxfornicotineadd/attachment/nicvaxfornicotineadd1/. 

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