In recent months the news has been filled with stories of respiratory disease and deaths caused by vaping. We are hearing the sad stories of those young and old passing away from vaping technologies, but then we are left with the question of will a vaping ban really work? We are here to give you the facts about vaping and how a ban can’t stop the black market.
In the beginning of October the CDC estimated that nearly 1,300 people in a span of 49 states had suffered respiratory disease from vapes. The disease has been considered a respiratory distress syndrome recently names EVALI standing for “e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury”.
Because there have been nearly 26 deaths and even more hospitalizations each day the United States as a whole has come together to decide on a banning vape products. Multiple states are now banning the sale of flavored vapes in smoke shops, and some states are banning e-cigarettes entirely. However, this prohibition cannot fix the balck market.
REGULATING VS BANNING
If the United States were able to regulate the use of e-cigarettes instead of banning them entirely it would help to maximize public health and safety and minimize the risk of young adults abusing the product. However, when it comes to a prohibition mentality this enables the idea of shame leading people to purchase products from the black market.
Many health experts in the United States are firm believers that vaping helps to wean cigarette smokers off of harmful, combustible products. Because vaping is a new industry it is still being studied on its relation to being better or worse than cigarettes, but let us lay out the facts for you below.
Cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly 48,000 deaths per year in the United States. Secondhand smoke exposure is also responsible for nearly 41,000 deaths per year. This leads to nearly 1,300 deaths each day due to cigarette smoking. According to the CDC nearly 3,300 teenagers under the age of 18 try their first cigarette. It’s not certain how much cigarette companies can gain from the vaping ban as people turn to cigarettes.
The vaping ban that has taken place is likely to lead people, especially those who are young adults, to the black market and other people back to cigarette smoking. Because of these bans it has led many vapers to stock up while they can before their state creates a ban. Many people are either purchasing vape products in bulk or turning to the black market to ensure they can still get their nicotine fix. Forcing teens and adults to purchase off of the black market and from unregulated stores can increase the risks of lung disease among minors.
STATES REDUCING & BANNING VAPE PRODUCTS
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington D.C.
It is important to note that many of the illnesses caused by any THC distillate cartridges and nicotine cartridges were purchased from the black market. These counterfeit products were sold under the pretense that they were from the cannabis industry leading people to purchase unregulated products. DC Alchemy does not support any black market affiliations for THC products or nicotine products.
People are still left with many questions regarding the vaping ban, THC, and nicotine vaping products and usage. If you want to learn more about what is causing EVALI and how you can help protect your lungs read this Leafly article here. We recommend purchasing your products off of a reliable company. DC Alchemy sells wholesale CCELL cartridges that are ready for same day shipping from our US warehouse. We also makes sure that all our cartridges are laboratory tested and quality assured for your safety. Contact us with any of your cartridge needs!