JUULing can be Beneficial to Smokers
By: Megan Dinkins
JUULing compared to smoking cigarettes is much healthier for people with the right intentions of using e-cigarettes such as smokers who are trying to quit.
No, e-cigarettes are not good for you from a health stance, but for smokers they may be beneficial. Previous smoker, Brittany Kligman, smoked for eight years until she tried JUUL. It gave her the thrill of smoking but without all the stigma, smell, and carcinogens. JUULing helped her break her smoking addiction and move on to something less harmful.
A study done by a Georgetown oncology professor states that 6.6 million lives would be saved if just 10% of American smokers every year for ten years would switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes. This is important because it shows how e-cigarettes save many lives by switching only 10% of American smokers each year, so imagine if 100% of smokers quit forever. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health stated, “I think long-term use of nicotine…would probably be much safer than heavy long-term use of alcohol and marijuana.” That being said, e-cigarettes are proven to be safer than actual cigarettes and beneficial to those who used to smoke.
E-cigarettes in comparison to nicotine gum, patches, or inhalers give users an experience that’s more similar to actually smoking cigarettes, and, according to Wavebreak Media, e-cigarettes are two times more likely to help smokers quit compared to gums and patches. Though one JUUL pod may contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, it eliminates the tar and eliminates many of the 400+ chemicals contained in cigarettes.
Though many chemicals in cigarettes are not present in e-cigarettes, vapes still contain harmful chemicals and toxins. They may contain ultra fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, strong metals such as nickel and lead, diacetyl, a chemical linked to lung disease, and more. This may be true, but cigarettes contain more harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide, ammonia, and arsenic. These compounds can lead to respiratory failure, lung cancer, prevention of oxygen getting to your tissues and organs, and even death. This shows that cigarettes are more deadly than e-cigarettes, signs pointing to the side effects. Not only is this true, but there are about 480,000 deaths in the US alone each year due to cigarette smoking, not including the additional 41,000 deaths due to secondhand smoke. This adds up to 1,300 deaths every day. Plus, smokers, on average, die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Tagging on to second hand smoke, e-cigarettes contain less chemicals than cigarettes, meaning they cut down on second hand smoke, which is a big factor of why cigarettes are shunned upon.
Not only this, but 16 million Americans are living with diseases caused by smoking such as tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, problems of the immune system like rheumatoid arthritis, and more. This is significant because all of these could be prevented, as smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, if smokers would convert to e-cigarettes, or JUULs in specific.
Not only are cigarettes harmful, they are also very expensive. The total economic cost of smoking is $300 billion dollars per year and, in 2016, $9.5 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes. Not only that, but the personal finance site WalletHub figured out that smokers who smoke a pack a day spend almost 2.3 million dollars in their lifetime for health care, lost income, and the habit itself.
JUULing should not be condemned as harshly due to the beneficial factors of these products. The FDA should instead regulate purchases by young people and students using it for recreational purposes instead of smokers actually trying to quit smoking.