Electronic Cigarettes Increasing in Popularity and Acceptability as Perception of Health Risks Remains Low – Markets Insider

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Since the debut of electronic (e)-cigarettes in the U.S. in 2007, the use of these devices — called “vaping”— has steadily increased over the years. In fact, a 2015 study showed vaping increased among high school-age students’ 900 percent over four years. Studies show people are more likely to view public vaping as acceptable than public smoking, the question is why?  Recently many college campuses around the country have banned the use of vaping nicotine products (VPNs) and e-cigarettes on school grounds, these new smoking trends or alternatives to traditional cigarette and tobacco products are causing many regulatory controversies among this young age group.

A new study published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal found that people’s opinions, of public vaping are heavily influenced by what they see around them, how risky they think it is and what they think about addiction.

E-cigarettes are often regarded as more socially acceptable than traditional tobacco and smoking, particularly among college students. Many people do not view e-cigarettes as addictive and their ever-present usage in public

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