Disposable vaporizers have been a real hit for a few weeks, especially among young people under the age of 13. In the face of this trend, classified as “dangerous”, 60 million consumers sounded the alarm.
It’s the new fashionable phenomenon in playgrounds. Puffs, throwaway vapes selling for under $10, are attracting a growing number of teenagers, much to the chagrin of parents and healthcare professionals. Their flashy colors, enticing aromas, and ridiculously low price make them the perfect new toy for middle and high school students.
But be careful because these disposable vapers are not trivial. Contrary to popular belief, they sometimes contain nicotine, enough to quickly develop an addiction. And if that notice is clearly visible on some products, it’s not on all, as recalled one mother whose words have been shared by 60 million consumers.
“My 12-year-old son, in sixth grade, was given a disposable e-cigarette by another student. It said 20mg/ml nicotine, but the writing is tiny, you can hardly see it.”, she explained regretfully that no reference to the risk of addiction was given. “I don’t understand why there isn’t at least one symbol on the item to indicate that the product is dangerous.”
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An ecological catastrophe?
Another concern of 60 million consumers is e-liquid. With or without nicotine, they contain many flavors whose effects after inhalation are still unknown. After all, these disposable vapes are ecologically shocking. While it’s imperative to throw them in the recycling center or in the used battery or e-waste bins, many believe teenagers won’t have the reflex to do so.
For healthcare professionals, these products, resold under the guise in playgrounds, can be dangerous and a gateway to tobacco. And although its sale to minors is banned, many of them have admitted to having obtained it from tobacconists with no problem. This ban can also be easily circumvented on websites. Therefore caution is advised…
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