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Smoking Hot…!

A beautiful young woman smoking a cigarette
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Recently the dangers associated with the use of vaping, e-cigarettes, pens, or Juuls (pronounced jewels) have been highlighted with an injury of some 530 persons across 38 US States and territories. Is reported that seven (7) persons have lost their lives resulting from the use of inhaled substances.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost three-fourths of those affected are males with the prevalent age range being 18 to 34 years old. And what is even more alarming is the fact that 16% of the total cases are among young persons under the age of 18 years.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some 3.6 million middle and high school kids used e-cigarettes in 2018, an increase of 1.5 million or greater than in 2017. There seems to be a common misconception among teenagers and even many adults that e-cigarettes are benign and harmless.

Nothing could be further from the truth! It is estimated that using one pod of e-cigarette liquid is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes. Furthermore, it is also possible for e-cigarettes to be outfitted with pods that hold THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. The vapes may also contain a hallucinogenic like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or Cannabidiol (CBD) oils or nicotine-containing products.

A young male about to light a cigarette
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Of the affected cases all have reported a history of e-cigarette or vape use in the past but no evidence of respiratory diseases or other related comorbidities. There is not yet a specific cause of these lung injuries/deaths.

Some recommendations from the CDC are;

  • Persons using these products should consider refraining from using e-cigarettes/vaping products until further information becomes available.
  • If you are using e-cigarette products in an effort to quit smoking, please do not revert to smoking actual cigarettes at this time.
  • Please see your healthcare provider if you or someone you know have used these products and have had any abnormal symptoms, such as shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, chest pains, etc.
  • Pregnant and nursing women, youths, and young adults should refrain from the use of cigarettes, e-cigs., vapes and all tobacco/nicotine-containing products if at all possible.

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco
  2. https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products

Until later, please be well, be aware, and take care.

32 thoughts on “Smoking Hot…!

  1. Wow! This is so alarming and heartbreaking as well as educative. It’s a very thoughtful post 💚

    1. Thank you sir!

  2. I became a passive smoker while working with some Chinese nationals. While translating for them, it was amazing how they could finish packs within hours. I hated the smell and took every opportunity to flee from it. I tried talking to them but they said a man who does not smoke is not a real man. It’s a cultural thing. Thanks for the educative post.

    1. You a linguist, how lovely, it is difficult for me to even learn one other language. Glad you are no longer in the smokers’ environment.

  3. Very informative…. 👍

  4. So sad😪 especially for young people with so much life ahead of them to live

    1. They think what is fashionable is always good.

      1. Peer pressure , failed identity , plus lack of wisdom and understanding .Is a big enermy to progressive spirit

        1. Yes, we pray that they develop wisdom before they do much damage to themselves.

          1. May God save them .as we continue to spread awareness with love and compassion; if we’re gonna be heard

            1. Amen.

  5. Sighs. The statistics of teenagers involved, is appalling. 😓
    I pray that we would learn to take care of our bodies as unto Him, knowing we are God’s temple. 🙏
    Thanks for sharing this, sis. 🤗

    1. I agree. But the youths believe they are invincible.

      1. Hmm. Such a frail mentality. 😪 I pray for their hearts to be enlightened. 🙏

        Hope you are doing great and full recovered too?

  6. Penne, Thank you for posting this warning! The first time I ever knew of vaping was when someone started vaping in the doctor’s Office waiting room. I gave him a dirty look, and he told me how harmless it was! 🙁

    All the best! Cheryl

    1. Lol. He thought it was harmless.

  7. As a health care worker, I’d imagine this one was pretty much common sense for you Penne. Taking something and inhaling it in a moisture vapor form so that it can get even deeper in the lungs and stick there even worse just had to be an all around BAD idea.

    I used to cringe when this stuff first came out and the government was pushing it as a HEALTHY alternative to smoking.

  8. sounds like very wise and timely advice Pene … I’ve never even taken a puff!

    Think smoking is the filthiest waste of money and slowest form of suicide a person can take …

    1. You’ve said it in the best way possible. Never tried it myself. Never even been tempted

      1. anyone with half a brain wouldn’t go there, they are more addictive than any other drug I’ve heard of!

        1. Yes it is more difficult to quit smoking that to stop any other drugs. Why are these dangers legal … ?

          1. govt rakes in big taxes … it’s always about $$ $ 🙁

            1. Sadly yes.

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                1. I love the look of your new website. Blessings. I subscribed!

                  1. thanks Pene, saw that … I’ve enabled comments on the posts but they come into my inbox but don’t appear on the post … need to sort this teething problem 🙂

                    1. Ok, lol. I am sure you will.

                    2. found out there is no ability to have discussion after posts on wox.com … it is one on one direct email with me as the author only, so deleted that account!

                      It’s the community I enjoy so looking at alternatives before I make a decision or post anything 🙂

  9. thank you for letting us know!

    1. You are most welcome!

  10. It’s better not to touch this evil than avoid it later❤

    1. You said it… it it said to be the most difficult one to quit.

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