Ecig users are continuing to experience the stigmas of the social effects of smoking. Where people are allowed to smoke or vape is designated by stringent laws. Public health concerns have pushed smokers further away from public places. Restrictions often relegate smokers to designated areas, a certain number of feet from building entrances, businesses and public places. It is rare to find places still considered acceptable to smoke indoors.
Smoking is the intended target of heavy regulation, but vaping is forced to be dragged along for the legal ride. Signage on university campuses, beaches, in parks and similar public places was amended to include the use of e-cigarettes. The FDA designation of e-cigs has misleadingly characterized vaping as a form of smoking even though toxicology of e-vapor is innocuous.
The Effects Of Smoking On User’s Hygiene
It becomes increasingly difficult to date and find a mate as a smoker. A study conducted by Pfizer in conjunction with Match.com concluded that 75 percent of daters said they didn’t like the way smokers smell and 80 percent hated the way it made smoker’s homes or vehicles smell. Smokers generally can’t smell themselves.
In fact, it’s a proven scientific fact that smokers lose sensitivity in taste and smell over time, making it difficult for them to realize that their home, vehicle, clothes or breath have an odor. In addition, smoking cigarettes, tints the teeth and facial hair yellow from the deposits of tar and other byproducts.
The easiest way for smokers to keep their possessions and person from smelling like cigarettes, is to start vaping. While flavored vapor has an initial taste and odor, it’s remnants evaporate and disappear leaving no lasting effects. The social effects of smoking can change the way society sees you and how you interact with the world.
Teen Smoking Decline
One of the most intense criticisms of vaping is the offering of flavors. The FDA’s 2009 Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act banned flavored tobacco products in the United States. This ruling left tobacco products with only the regular or menthol flavoring options. The ban was an attempt to curb teen smoking rates which the FDA had purported was on the rise as a result of attractive tasting tobacco products.
To understand the legislation against flavors, it’s important to understand the reasoning behind it. The argument that flavors appeal to underage users is justifiable, however, attraction to products, does not create the ability to obtain products. In fact, many states have recently raised their legal smoking and vaping age to 21 in an effort to combat underage smoking.
As a result, tobacco and vaping products are tougher for underage users to obtain than ever. Yet, they are still finding ways to use them. Rebellious curiosity and the fear of peer exclusion have been and remain at the core of experimentation with tobacco products and e-cigs among teens. However, the trends in usage and numbers appear to be shifting as of 2016.
Robin Koval, CEO of the Truth Initiative, a group that fights tobacco use, says “…this rapid decline is a positive indicator that much youth e-cigarette use has been experimental and that the current offering of products may be less appealing to youth than feared.” Koval seems to be alluding to the possibility that e-cigs, though they contain nicotine are not retaining users in the same way tobacco does.
While the social effects of smoking may link younger users initially, it divides smokers from their peer groups the longer they stick with it. Vaping