Natural highs from fresh air should be encouraged instead of "dripping"


Feb 7 2017 - 7:40pm
Fresh Air

Yale researchers say that "dripping" has been tried by about 25 percent of teen e-cigarette users and this can have terrible health consequences. Teens like everyone else are much better off getting natural highs from fresh air in nature.

In a clever move to attempt to grab some of the profits from the lucrative cigarette industry e-cigarettes are being marketed as somehow being a more sophisticated and safer way to smoke. However it appears smoking e-cigarettes like smoking regular cigarettes can have serious adverse health outcomes.

A new trend among e-cigarettes smokers has been "dripping"

It has been reported by Yale Cancer Center that a new trend among e-cigarettes smokers has been "dripping". In fact research shows that about 25 percent of teen e-cigarette users have tried "dripping". This involves the inhalation of vapors which are produced by the dripping of e-liquids directly onto heating coils. Generally the vapors are inhaled directly from the e-cigarette mouthpiece.

"Dripping" has been becoming increasingly popular among young people

This new form of using e-cigarettes called "dripping" has been becoming increasingly popular among young people. Many young people have reported with "dripping" there are thicker clouds of vapor, a more powerful hit in the back of the throat, and a better taste.

With "dripping" there may be greater exposure to toxins and nicotine

However, with "dripping" there may be greater exposure to toxins and nicotine. Research shows exposure to dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein and formaldehyde may occur with "dripping".

This study has been published in the journal Pediatrics. This has been the first study to investigate the prevalence rates of "dripping" and the reasons high school students have been using e-cigarettes for dripping. The prevalence of "dripping" among teens in particular has been disturbing with users seeming to enjoy this more than just regular smoking of e-cigarettes.

It has been suggested that regulators should consider imposing restrictions so e-cigarettes can't be modified to be used for "dripping". It would also seem to be a good idea to discourage all uses of e-cigarettes and to encourage teens and others to search instead for natural highs from fresh air in nature.

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