Is vaping encouraging drug use among young professionals? The latest trend among smokers is “vaping,” or using a handheld electronic cigarette that vaporizes a flavored liquid, typically made of nicotine, glycerin, propylene glycol and flavorings, that is then inhaled by the user. Vaping is typically seen as safe, or at least as a safer alternative to smoking marijuana or traditional tobacco cigarettes, particularly among adolescents and young adults. However, there are serious misconceptions about the safety of e-cigarettes and vaping, and many believe that young professionals who vape may be more inclined to begin using drugs. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to speak to an experienced substance abuse counselor.
Vaping Encourging Drug Use is a Valid Concern
E-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, but their use has skyrocketed recently, due in large part to the fact that e-cigarettes and their accessories have become more easily accessible to the average person. Originally marketed to nicotine users as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, vaporizers, also known as vape pens, are now a popular accessory for young professionals who want to get high without drawing attention to themselves at work. And rather than having to risk shopping for pipes or bongs at a head shop, they can simply go to any one of the vape shops popping up in towns across the country to get themselves an e-cigarette.
Many smokers begin vaping as a means of quitting smoking or reducing their nicotine intake, but, when used by nonsmokers, vaping encouraging drug use is an issue because it may make users more likely to experiment with drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, more than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked before used e-cigarettes, and in a 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers warn that “nicotine use is a gateway to the use of marijuana and cocaine,” and that this gateway model of drug abuse can be applied to the growing use of e-cigarettes.
Why Young Professionals Use Vape Pens
The main draw to e-cigarettes is that they are sleek and discreet, a much more sophisticated and subtle alternative to tobacco or marijuana cigarettes for young professionals attempting to cultivate a certain image in the workplace. And, because vaporizers are legal, these professionals can vape all day long, from the comfort of their office, rather than sneaking outside for a puff, or waiting until they get home at the end of the day to get high. Some people also find that vaping, when compared to smoking marijuana, doesn’t hinder their productivity or make them feel tired, making e-cigarettes a popular option for young professionals to use at work. And, because water-soluble synthetics can be easily converted into a liquid concentrate that can be vaped, just like nicotine, without producing that telltale marijuana scent, it’s nearly impossible to tell whether a vape pen contains nicotine or marijuana concentrate without actually testing it.
Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help
Despite the growing trend of e-cigarette use in the United States, the long-term effects of vaping remain unknown, and many believe that vaping encourages drug use. If you know someone at work who vapes, and you believe he or she may be struggling with a substance abuse disorder, don’t hesitate to get your coworker the help he or she needs. Call the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530, to discuss the available treatment options.