In this day and age, most people are no strangers to e-cigarettes. They have made media headlines numerous times, from the 2016 viral video “Vape Nation” to the major health concerns surrounding vaping in 2019. Although vaping was originally created as an alternative to smoking, it’s currently the latest rebellious fad that young adults are hooked on.
One of the reasons for this phenomenon is the accessibility of e-cigarettes to young adults. Almost anyone can head to their local mall and find a store selling vapes and pods for a reasonable price. This easy access and an innate drive of rebellion and curiosity cause many adolescents to purchase a vape and start using it.
Many argue that vapes have become targeted towards young adults with the range of flavors that most vape brands provide, such as mint, fruit, candy and even lemon tea. Young adults may see these flavors and form the belief that vaping is less harmful than smoking, convincing themselves that vaping seems like an acceptable behavior. E-cigarettes are also generally small; they can easily be hidden from others (such as parents and teachers) and are easy to charge with a simple USB cord that could also be used for a phone.
Many of my friends who do vape say they formed this habit from other friends who were already vaping. Over time, some young adults even develop an addiction to vaping as it contains the highly addictive stimulant nicotine. For avid e-cigarette users, the largest reason behind vaping is the supposed “buzz” or temporary feeling of euphoria that comes from vaping. Those addicted to vaping mention symptoms of withdrawal if they haven’t vaped for a while, such as anxiety and nausea.
Even though vaping is presumed to be a much better replacement for smoking, it does come with many health risks and is considered a gateway drug to other forms of drug-related substances.