Gone are those initial vaping freedoms with the vaping restrictions ever tightening, more and more people are now looking over their shoulders expecting to be harassed about vaping in public areas. Some vaping devices have been made to look like today’s cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Also resembling pens, USB’S and other fun looking items. Vaping devices have not yet been completely evaluated by the FDA along with what could be risks by vaping when used with nicotine and other possible chemicals that are inhaled and whether or not there are benefits to vaping verses cigarettes. So much data being researched. It is also not known whether vaping could lead to smoking cigarettes. And as we all know cigarettes cause cancer, usually leading to an early death.
The FDA has accepted public comments on vaping and the public health through July 2, 2015. Not known if the reports gathered were mostly good, we can only hope.
Currently the FDA is regulating vaping devices used for therapeutic purposes. Being evaluated by (CDER) the Drug Evaluation and Research and by the (CTP) Center for Tobacco Products who now regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. They are proposing a new rule that gives more authority on tobacco to cover the standard legal definition of a tobacco product. Which will include vaping devices and most likely smoke juices. The FDA’s is trying to take authority on more tobacco products in this proposed rule.
There is not enough data collected on vaping yet to say that it is causing any adverse events, negative side effects or poor quality of health. For those who have been smoking for twenty or more years and now switched to vaping they can feel the positive effects of vaping. Loads of articles are being written on the benefits of vaping. It could be possible that negative reports on adverse events are from pre-existing medical condition that were not reported to FDA.
Vaping has tripled among youths from 2013 to 2014, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of high school students vaping is now 13.4% as of 2014, up from 4.5% in 2013. Middle school percentages also surged to 3.9 percent in 2014, from 1.1 percent in 2013. With those kind of percentages it’s only a matter of time before new laws come into place.