E-cigarettes have been the center of what appears to be an endless debate about whether or not they have a positive or a negative impact on society and the overall health of the people who use them.
On one hand, they are portrayed as a much safer alternative to cigarettes, because they have much lighter side effects and because they might even be a path towards a nicotine-free existence.
On the other hand though, e-cigarettes are portrayed as a much more accessible and appealing options for teens, as the multitude of flavors that e-cigarettes come in is a means of drawing them into a highly addictive habit.
And according to a recent study, e-cigarettes might be much more dangerous for teenagers, since it seems that quite a few of them use the vaping devices not only for nicotine, but for cannabis as well.
The study was led by Meghan Rabbitt Morean, assistant professor of Psychology at the Oberlin College from Ohio and it was based on an anonymous survey that as many as 4,000 students from Connecticut participated in.
The survey included a long series of questions regarding e-cigarette use, and all the various types of substances that the vaping gear were used for, ranging from nicotine-based e-cigarette liquid to cannabis oil and even to wax that contains THC, the active substance in marijuana.
According to the findings of the study, as many as 28% of students have experienced with vaping, which is quite a large quota. Furthermore, about 20% of these students said that they had used the e-cigarettes to vape dried cannabis leaves as well as nicotine and 15% said that they had tried the THC infused wax.
The study aims to draw attention to the fact that e-cigarettes are an extremely easy way to conceal the cannabis, because while smoking it would lead to the specific smell that is extremely easy to recognize, vaping cannabis oil would not produce an intense odor and the teens could therefore use it much easier.
“The smell of vaping marijuana isn’t as strong as smoking it, plus the similarity in appearance of hash oil and nicotine solutions make this a really inconspicuous way of using marijuana,” said study lead author Meghan Rabbitt Morean.
Moreover, she pointed out that the cannabis oil is much more potent than smoking the leaves. Therefore, it would be much easier for teens to lose control, since they would need to experiment with the substance in order to establish their own personal limits.
The study was published in the scientific journal Pediatrics and it does point out a few focus points that should be taken into consideration in regards to e-cigarettes and their effect on young adults.
However, the positive aspects of e-cigarettes should not be discredited simply because of these isolated instances. And so, the e-cigarette debate goes on, because a solid standpoint on the matter has yet to be established.
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