Vaping has been said to be a much safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, but is it really? It seems that vaping products have been recently casting a new veil of doubt in Canadians; minds when it comes to kids’ safety.
An Angus Reid study was published this Tuesday, and it found that only 14% of Canadians believe that vapes or electronic cigarettes are doing more good than harm.
Overall, regardless of their behaviors (smokers, non-smokers or vapers) 86% of Canadians support new government regulations banning the same of vaping products to children under 18 years old.
Flavors can be enticing to minors
More than 60% believe that flavors such as fruit and bubble gum should be restricted because they could be much too appealing to minors.
“When e-cigarettes first came into use, they were seen as a transition product from tobacco,” says Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute.
She said that “there was a case made at the time that these were better than cigarettes because the vapor didn’t linger as long, providing potential health benefits to both the smoker and those who inhale second-hand smoke.”
Kurl continued and explained that “But whether they do more good than harm is viewed through the lens of whether people are smokers or non-smokers.”
Anxiety is on the rise
She also pointed out the fact that a vast majority of Canadians believe that the government should not be selling such products to minors and this only shows that there has been an important amount of anxiety about the exposure of vaping products on the rise for young people.
It’s true that vaping devices can be helpful to smokers of traditional cigarettes and they can be seen as harm-reduction tools. They do contain nicotine, but they lack the more harmful carcinogen such as tar.
On the other hand, there’s a compound called 1,3-butadiene which is a colorless gas that is easily converted to the liquid that is used in the device which experts are not too sure what effects has on the body in the long term.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.