Vapers Seek Relief From Nicotine Addiction by Smoking Cigarettes

Electronic cigarette smokers have now turned to the old fashioned conventional cigarettes, as media is flooded by the news that vaping could be causing mysterious lung illnesses.

As these medical risks have surfaced, scientists suspect there is a link to heart disease and cancer, and even explosions have occurred during use, the appeal of the electronic cigarette is wearing off.

Apparently, these devices come with a cost, and users started weaning their way off of electronic cigarettes, as well as posting on social media that they’re doing it using regular cigarettes.

Traditional cigarettes are harmful as well, but their risks might be significantly fewer than the ones of electronic cigarettes.

Dr. Amanda Graham, senior vice president of innovations at the Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco advocacy group, claims she is seeing “desperation and misguided approaches” from teens and young adults trying to ditch nicotine. Yet, she adds that “there is no safe level of cigarette smoking.”

Pamela Ling, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco who studies tobacco and its marketing, says that it isn’t a complete surprise that some young people are “going back to the product they were trying to quit in the first place.”

Yet, it is worrisome as cigarettes contain numerous harmful toxins and chemicals, and vaping may not be safe either.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating over 380 cases of lung disease in 36 states possibly linked to vaping nicotine and marijuana. It recommends that all adults should “refrain from using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC.”

Enid Neptune, a pulmonologist at Johns Hopkins University, says that there’s not a defensible posture to encourage anyone to use an e-cigarette until scientists discover the reason for the epidemic rise in these [VAPI] cases.

He advises current vapers to find a way to quit that doesn’t involve using cigarettes, adding that “we’re in the midst of this public health crisis with these devices.”

The back-to-smoke trend flies is a direct opposition to the claims of the e-cig industry, that vaping helps people quit smoking cigarettes.

San Francisco-based Juul Labs, which controls 75 percent of the e-cig market, maintains that the company aims to eliminate cigarettes by giving adult smokers “the tools to reduce or eliminate their consumption.”

Juul claims that its products are “designed to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes to an alternative nicotine delivery system.”

According to Ted Kwong, the company’s spokesman, Juul is not designed to get people off nicotine or to treat nicotine dependence.

Yet, the Food and Drug Administration reprimanded Juul for promoting its products as being safer than cigarettes without FDA permission.

Altria shares had been under pressure recently, after President Trump proposed a ban on e-cigarettes, and added that his health secretary would force companies to remove flavored vaping products from the market.

After a meeting with advisers including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless at the White House, Trump said that these cigarettes are not the only problem overall, but really specifically with respect for children, so strong measures might need to be taken.

Nevertheless, giant tobacco corporations, like Altria, are watching the scenario unfold, as they will win regardless of the way smokers choose to get their nicotine fix going forward. Smoke or vapor, cigarette makers win either way.