Vaping Tricks Increase Teens’ Attraction to E-Cigarettes

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Many teens who use e-cigarettes say they enjoy performing tricks with the vapor, such as blowing smoke rings or creating funnels of smoke that look like tornadoes. Performing tricks is one of the top two reasons teens say they enjoy using e-cigarettes, Reuters reports.

The other top reason is the flavoring in nicotine liquid. The wide range of flavors include cappuccino, pomegranate and single-malt scotch.

The findings about vapor tricks come from a study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine. The Yale team asked 5,400 Connecticut teens to explain what they found “cool about e-cigarettes.”

“We expected the flavors were attractive,” said researcher Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin. “But smoke tricks were a surprise to us.”

E-cigarettes can be adjusted to operate at high temperatures to produce more vapor. Teens are increasingly becoming interested in “cloud competitions,” in which adults compete to perform the best vaping tricks. These events are becoming a regular feature at local vape shops. Some regional competitions offer thousands of dollars in prize money, according to Reuters. Although minors are barred from competing in the events, some vape shops allow them to be part of the audience.

Teens are also learning about the tricks through videos posted on YouTube and Instagram. “Even if (teenagers) don’t attend these events they are exposed to a lot of these issues,” Krishnan-Sarin said.

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    November 15, 2016 at 2:25 AM

    Thanks for article but look from other side I think that in 90s teen think that cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is cool and try them. In different time different trends comes. They should sell e cigs only from legal age and I think everything is should work well.

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    Alissa Ralston

    May 27, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Switching to e-cigs and giving up all regular cigarettes is generally accepted as a safer alternative for long term conventional cigarette smokers who are either unsuccessful with or unwilling to try FDA approved cessation methods. However, safer is not safe and there is a great deal of concern regarding young people who are starting to use this product. While nicotine is the addictive component, other chemicals found in the aerosol emitted from e-cigarettes are also know to be harmful.

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    Joe Sixpack

    May 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    I’m so glad this story didn’t bash how bad e-cigs are. I know previous hard-core smokers who tried the big-pharma drug patches, gum, and sprays to help them quit smoking and failed every time. Switching to E-cigs has one of their doctor’s praising them because his many health problems that were caused or made worse by smoking tobacco cigarettes have all gone away after he switched to E-cigs.

    Using nicotine patches and smoking tobacco has reportedly killed people by giving them too much nicotine. I haven’t read about that happening with the E-cigs.

    We should support the use of E-cigs for real tobacco users, to give them something to use that is much less harmful than smoking real tobacco. Spit tobacco is also much less harmful than smoking tobacco. I’ve read that it is about 1% as deadly as smoking tobacco. Any health professional worth their salt should be encouraging current smokers of tobacco to switch to a less harmful form of nicotine including E-cigs.

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