You might assume that e-cigarettes were a much healthier option than their non-electronic counterparts, simply because you inhale vapor and not smoke from burning tobacco. After all, each year more than 400,000 Americans die from tobacco-related ailments. Remove this exposure by switching to e-cigarettes, then, and every single one of these lives can be saved, right? Well, not necessarily.
Still, people have taken up “vaping” in droves. For instance, a recent poll revealed that 13.4 percent of U.S. high-school students had tried an e-cigarette within the last month. This was more than the number who’d tried an actual cigarette.
There’s the “cool” factor, sure, but vapers also believe that, because they’re no longer consuming the tar and harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, they’re less likely to develop heart disease or cancer. What’s more, and perhaps just as important to many vapers, e-cigarettes still provide them with that addictive nicotine hit.