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I know what you’re thinking, pretty bold a statement to make for an article title, right? Well, think again. Statistics have it that most vaping enthusiasts don’t regard smoking the device as harmful to themselves or to others and in any event, the majority are of the opinion that any smoke-free areas do not include being vape-free and therefore vaping is still okay despite it being a no-smoking zone. After all, people solely regard smoking as the conventional traditional form of tobacco and a cancer stick at hand.
This was conducted by a study based in the United States as reported on Fox News. What this study proved was that an approximate of up to 3/4 e-cigarette users have opposed the intentions to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces despite those very same places being already dubbed as non-smoking areas. The problem rests in the fact that the majority of e-cigarettes consist of the younger generation who often consider that all spaces are acceptable for vaping seeing as it doesn’t constitute as conventional tobacco smoking and vaping isn’t really the same as the act of smoking. Further, arguments as to the significantly lesser health risks associated in vaping when compared to smoking has emerged from users which begs the question as to whether the regulations and authorities are going to make any clarifications on this matter.
Truth is, the e-cigarette use is on a skyrocket rise throughout the United States with almost 4% of the total population of adults using the device. This estimation was issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which reports heavily on e-cigarettes as of late due to the rising trend it has imprinted among society ever since its emergence as early as the year 2009 – that’s literally a 7 year existence with such a heavy impact. My guess is, this fad definitely isn’t going to die down any time soon however the recent introductions of increased taxes may hamper the progression of the e-cigarette industry but that shall be saved for another article (a lot more rants about this affecting not only e-cig users having to pay more monies for their products but also how small business owners are on the brink of being forced to shutdown due to the enormous tax raises that they just are unable to truly afford).
Anyway, according to Shu-Hong Zhu, a health professor of the School of Medicine at the University of California in San Diego, e-cigarette users interpret the law as being one that does not apply to them. Zhu and his team are responsible for conducting a 2014 UCSD survey consisting of up to 952 e-cigarette users with the focus being on the behavioral patterns of usage these e-cigarette users comprised of. Users were questioned to agree or disagree to a several statements in relation to the potential harm vaping can cause as well as the belief of whether a practice of vaping should not be allowed in public areas.
The results were relatively shocking with an overall 60% of e-cigarette users admitting to having vaped in an area where smoking is otherwise prohibited. An approximate of 3/4s of users aged 18-29 years old were responsible for vaping in smoke-free areas with the statistics showing that adults that were above that age group generally were less likely to vape in smoke-free areas.
The survey revealed that those who vape on a daily basis were twice as prone to vaping in areas where smoking is prohibited. The most common areas where smoking is prohibited included bars, restaurants, cinemas, malls as well as workplaces. A handful had even admitted to vaping in hospitals and even in schools.
It was quite interesting to see that the survey revealed that the greater majority of the general public reacted rather neutral to the e-cigarette users during their public vaping sessions with only 2.5% of the users reporting negative reactions.
When it came to health concerns and the results of those, a solid 89% of users were of the opinion that e-cigarettes were “hands down” less harmful than cigarettes with a significant 62% stating that e-cigarettes weren’t harmful at all and 83% of users were of the view that second-hand vapor inhalation isn’t harmful to any and everyone.
Zhu went so far as to say “I would suspect that if young kids were exposed to a lot of second-hand vaping, there could be a serious impact on their brain, but we don’t really have model data on that yet,” which is a rather amusing statement seeing as he has no evidence backing up this statement especially coming from a professor at the Medical School of UCSD.
Nevertheless, I suppose we should be taking a more aware role in society as our actions may impair upon the entire industry. After all, respect the environment as you would your home and as you are a guest to the public areas you do not own, respect the people around them and respect the law that is in place. If there is a general negative feedback on vaping around your area, try to avoid vaping in places where smoking is prohibited. Rather common knowledge for a happier communal harmony.
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