A new advertising campaign, part of the FDA's anti-tobacco initiative, warns that teenagers who are steaming are more likely to smoke cigarettes. Originally introduced as an alternative to cigarettes that could help smokers break away from tobacco, vape pens have actually been linked to an increase in smoking among young people, the FDA said.
The ad campaign features a series of videos in which street magician Julius delights your young members of the public by giving the impression that they are turning their vape pens into cigarettes to hammer the message home. "Adolescents who are vape are more likely to smoke cigarettes," reads the ads. "It's not magic, it's statistics." The ads are broadcast in time slots and on channels where they are most likely to reach a young audience.
According to FDA research, at least 20 percent of students have used a vape pen, and that number could soon be reached. The Rise: Representatives of e-cigarette maker Juul are currently in a congressional hearing with a group of ninth grade students informed that steaming is "absolutely safe". The company was previously criticized by the CDC for appealing to younger consumers by selling Juul pads in sweet flavors with colorful packaging.
"They're probably not as bad as traditional cigarettes, but they're still pretty bad." says Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., adding that taking vaporized particles can cause similar inflammation in the heart and lungs, like cigarette smoking, and that some Juul pods contain even more nicotine than a normal one Box of smoke.
If you try to stop your habit of stopping with steaming, here are some things that might help:
- Regular exercise
- Avoid triggers such as stress
- Talk to a therapist: It It has been found that getting help increases the likelihood that you will stop once and for all.