Avoid vaping, say authorities

| January 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

There’s much talk in the media about ‘deadly vaping-related’ diseases sweeping across the US and other countries. Vaporiserscan be understood to be electronic cigarettes, or ‘e-cigs’.

Online news source, www.yalemedicine.org, reports that the most popular type of vaping device among teens ‘[are] called pod mods, look like USB drives and can even be charged via a laptop or USB port’. Most vape liquids contain a combination of propylene glycol or glycerol – also called glycerine – as a base, and nicotine, marijuana or flavouring chemicals to produce
common or outlandish flavours, from mint to ‘unicorn puke’. According to an article entitled ‘Adolescents’ Use of “Pod Mod” E-cigarettes – Urgent Concerns’, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a San Francisco-based company sells ‘Juuls’ – currently the most popular vaping device on the market. Juuls comprise vape liquid made from nicotine salts
found in loose-leaf tobacco. This gives the user a highly concentrated nicotine ‘rush’. Teens now say that ‘it’s cool to Juul.’

In mid-September of this year, the American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the public that vaping was responsible for a sudden spike in the numbers of people suffering severe pulmonary diseases, with ‘symptoms ranging from coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath to fatigue, vomiting, diarrhoea, and fever.’ On 16 October 2019,
news source www.billingsgazette.com reported that a teenager in Montana had died from vaping disease. The week before, reported the New York Times, a 17-year old died from the disease in the Bronx in New York City. According to the Washington Post, more than 150 teens have been stricken with serious side effects associated with vaping.

According to the American Surgeon General, ‘More than 3.6 million middle and high school students currently use e-cigarettes.’

According to Wikipedia, regulation of electronic cigarettes varies across countries and states, ranging from no regulation to banning them entirely. The online news source www.thesun.co.uk says:

Laws surrounding vaping are still evolving – governments are constantly changing their rules based on new information about how unhealthy it is. Some countries ban the sale of e-cigarettes, but not their possession, while others ban nicotine containing liquids. The strictest countries are the ones who forbid – or at least strongly frown upon everything – from the sale and import to the use of them altogether.

Turkey was the first country to ban e-cigarettes and vaping outright. In Thailand, Cambodia, Lebanon, the Philippines and Vietnam, people caught vaping can face up to 10 years in prison or a hefty fine. Brazil, Uruguay, Jordan, Oman, Qatar and Taiwan have banned the manufacture and sale of all e-cigarette and related products.

In South America, Argentinian and Venezuelan officials frown on the practice, but are not as likely to crack the whip if people vape in public areas. In India, vaping is banned in some states, and in Australia and Japan, it is legal to use vape pens, but the liquid nicotine is illegal. In Canada, vaping is prohibited for under-19s.


In the US, on 7 October 2019, three school districts threatened to sue the San Francisco e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul. The New York Times reports: ‘Rhode Island, Michigan and New York have banned most flavoured vapes while the Massachusetts governor has issued a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products.’ In the same report, journalist Adeel Hassan said:

The Three Village Central School District in New York State [has] also filed a lawsuit. Among the steps that schools have had to take against vaping, were installing sensors in bathrooms, removing bathroom doors, banning flash drives, hiring more staff and paying for programmes that help students deal with nicotine addiction.

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