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Surgeon General Calls Youth E-Cigarette Smoking ‘a Major Public Health Concern’

In the wake of the crackdown on cigarette smoking, a new nicotine danger has popped up in the form of e-cigarettes and, alarmingly, these devices have become a rage among youth, to the point that the U.S. Surgeon General believes it’s “a major public health concern,” The Washington Post reports.

E-cigarettes and synthetic pot sales to young people have been on the radar for a few years now, with the highly toxic liquid in e-cigarettes responsible for a surge of child poisonings. Synthetic cannabis, typically full of toxic chemicals, is causing severe reactions that include seizures, kidney and brain damage, strokes, and cardiac arrest.

And while I understand that some people are turning to e-cigarettes as an alternative to regular tobacco, there is absolutely nothing “natural” about them. Typically containing nicotine, flavoring agents, and solvents — which turn into a vapor that you inhale and exhale — e-cigarettes are more than just “water vaper.”

Far worse than what they’re advertised, there are over 7,000 e-cigarette flavors on the market, all producing aerosols (liquid particles) full of the chemicals with which they’re made. Not only that, most still deliver a dose of nicotine — which, by the way, is one of the oldest botanical insecticides and a powerful poison that adversely affects the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems and promotes the creation of tumors.

The bottom line is that the answer to quitting smoking is NOT e-cigarettes. Rather, try to get healthy first, with an exercise and healthy eating program. In fact, research shows people who engage in regular strength training double their success rate at quitting.
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