Around the developed world, health experts are trying to get people to quit (or not start) smoking. An e-cigarette is now a popular alternative to a nicotine patch or nicotine-flavoured gum. E-cigarettes vaporise substances rather than burning them, saving users from inhaling dangerous carcinogens.
E-cigarettes are, however, hazardous – they don’t filter out substances like formaldehyde.
The September 2015 edition of Paediatrics journal reported that nearly one-fifth of American high school students are now plugging e-cigarettes with pot (cannabis) in an effort to chase a new high. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. Teens surveyed for the journal study said that the e-cigarette device concentrates and prolongs those effects.
The study turned out other interesting results, says lead researcher Meghan Rabbitt Morean, a psychologist at Oberlin College, Ohio. Whilst a high number of teens who had used conventional e-cigarettes before tried ‘e-vaping’ with pot, a relatively low number of them had ever tried e-cigarettes at all.