What close. Drugs? No. Robbery? Nah. Smoking? Close.

What is the bigger problem?Chewing tobacco? Not even close.  Drugs? No. Robbery? Nah. Smoking? Close.  What is it then? Vaping. Surprising that the thing that most smokers use to help quit their addiction to smoking is the bigger problem. There is only one side of this problem that I will be covering. Which is vaping in public, but mostly in front of children. Vaping influences children to smoke and it can harm them. First of all, children who look up to you are more likely to smoke. Studies show that they are six times more likely to become a smoker. 23% smokers smoked if their parents started smoking in their 20’s, and 30% whose parents were dependant on nicotine smoked at least one cigarette. This shows that most smokers are people whose parents smoked, cigarette or not. This also counts for kids whose parents smoked, even if they quit before the kid was born. In homes with a parent who was a persistent heavy smoker, the oldest was six times more likely to smoke, which increased the odds that the younger sibling would smoke six times. This shows that kids with parents who smoke are indeed probably going to smoke in the future. Clearly, kids are most likely to smoke and vape if you do. Not only are they probably going to smoke, but it also hurts them. According to the article “E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping” by Scientific American states “A small study by Wolfgang Schober of the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority and colleagues published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health in December found that vaping worsened indoor air quality, specifically by increasing the concentration of nicotine, particulate matter, PAHs and aluminum – compounds that have been linked to lung and cardiovascular disease and cancer among other health effects.” This shows that it has second-hand vapor just like cigarettes have second-hand smoke. It also makes children sick more often. It can give them breathing problems, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, colds, and ear infections. This proves that kids will indeed be hurt by breathing in e-vapor. Children exposed to e-cigs are 5.2 times more likely to go to the hospital and 2.6 times more likely to have severe health outcomes than kids exposed to normal cigarettes. Surely, it hurts kids. Critics may say that they are okay because they don’t produce actual smoke. That may be true, they are healthier than cigarettes, but they produce many chemicals, and I mean A LOT of chemicals. It includes, nicotine, carbonyl compounds, volatile organic compounds, propylene glycol, glycerin, flavoring chemicals, formaldehyde, some carcinogens, a chemical used in antifreeze, diacetyl (causes an irreversible lung disease known as “popcorn lung”) , benzene, and more. They may also say that they are good because they help people quit smoking. That may be true, but its not. The thing is is that it has nicotine, which is in cigarettes and is what makes the product so addicting in the first place. In 2015, 58.8 % of people using e-cigarettes were also smoking normal cigarettes as well. To wrap things up, don’t vape in front of children or in public. It influences them to, and its harmful to them and the air. Actually it would be better for you not to vape if your trying to quit smoking and instead bet help from a professional. Also, if you still want to vape, I would hope that you don’t vape in front of children or in public