Vaping, or e-cigarettes have caused many debates regarding the affect on the users health since they were introduced to smokers as a socially acceptable replacement to cigarettes.
Non-smokers have adopted the trend due to the vast number of available flavours and it has become very popular amongst teenagers around the world.
Why New York banned the sale of flavoured vape products
On Tuesday New York became the first US state to ban flavoured vape products following the death of seven people due to vaping-related lung disease.
The state’s health department approved a similar ban in Michigan and President Donald Trump announced that he intends on banning flavoured vapes nationally.
The health department claimed that vaping companies are targeting young people by introducing flavours such as bubblegum, Captain Crunch and Cotton Candy, which has lead to an increase in young people suffering from lung illnesses.
The states are however not the first to ban e-cigarettes. Turkey’s Kiyas Güngör who is the Vice President of the foundation Combating Smoking said that nicotine is the most dangerous element among 4,800 poisonous chemicals in cigarettes and an effective ban was put in place shortly after Europe introduced e-cigarettes in 2006.
On Wednesday, India followed suit, however they took it a step further by announcing a complete ban on the sale of all e-cigarettes due to health risk concerns, and anyone caught violating the ban could face a year in prison or a fine of 100,000 rupees ($1,400) or both.
Which countries have banned e-cigarettes?
Some countries have restrictions, these are:
- Hong Kong
Research still being conducted
The Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that seven people had died and hundreds are being treated for vaping-related illnesses across the United States which has led to an investigation to establish the relation between the two.
According to The Verge, the risk on adult smokers changing from combustible cigarettes to e-cigarettes may be less dangerous but this does not necessarily mean it is less harmful as vapes have not been around long enough to establish their long-term affects.
Non-smoking adults and minors under the age of 18 should avoid vaping due to the possible risk of heart or lung illness as well as possible nicotine addiction.
Researchers have discovered that healthy non-smokers who only had one electronic cigarette with nicotine were found to have a biological marker which is known to increase the risk of heart disease.
It is however still unclear as to whether the presence of Vitamin E which appears in some vaping liquids sold on the streets, or if it something which has been added to home-brew recipes which are found online.
E-cigarettes were developed to help cigarette smokers kick the addiction
It is estimated that around 35-million people worldwide make use of e-cigarettes or the newer heat-not-burn products called vaporisers, of which 3,6-million are American teenagers, some as young as Grade 8.
Originally the e-cigarette was designed to help smokers kick their cigarette habit by weening them off tobacco but now the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised the public that while there is no definitive cause for the deaths or lung disease they do caution the use of e-cigarettes.