This New Device Could End The Problem Of Teenage Vaping Forever
Vapor detecting devices, such as the Halo Smart Sensor, are currently gaining popularity in schools fighting underage use.
E-cigarettes are continuing to prove they’re one of the most valuable harm reduction and smoking cessation aids ever created. While piles of evidence indicate vaping is useful for public health, there’s a growing concern among parents about teenage usage.
Despite studies proving these concerns are massively exaggerated, it’s no less important to keep minors away from products they don’t fully understand, or need. Unfortunately, many legislators have chosen to combat this problem with misguided flavor bans, something experts say may provide a distinct advantage to Big Tobacco.
However, a handful of companies have approached this problem differently and found much better solutions to this issue. One of the most clever includes are the new vapor detectors, which are currently gaining popularity in schools across the country.
Both sides of the vaping debate have applauded the invention, as it provides an amicable way to limit teenage usage, without infringing on the rights of adult smokers. Only time will tell what sort of impact these devices have in the long run, but many are optimistic about their potential utility.
Vapor Detection Technology
Many schools across the country are currently working on new and effective ways to prevent teens from having access to vaping products. One of the most exciting of any of these plans are the new vapor detectors which work like smoke detectors, with some added technological features.
One school district in Sussex County, New Jersey is currently testing out new pilot devices before deciding if the entire district should adopt them. According to IPVideo Corporation, makers of the popular Halo Smart Sensor, their device can not only detect e-liquid vapor, but also THC vapor, regular smoke, carbon dioxide, propane, methane, and even things like light levels and air pressure.
Districts around the country have already implemented the Halo. According to Dr. Mark D. Beehler, Assistant Superintendent of the Salamanca City CSD, “The HALO sensors were simple to install and configure by our own staff members in only a few hours… within the first 3 days of installation, 9 students were caught vaping. Anecdotal reports from students indicate that after only two weeks, vaping has decreased drastically throughout our schools.”
While reports indicate the so-called teenage vaping epidemic is vastly overblown in the mainstream media, it remains vital to keep vaping out of the hands of any teens we can. This type of technology is precisely what we need to actually combat teenage vaping where it exists, not misguided flavor bans which push adult vapers back into a life of smoking.
The Case For Vaping
Reports by Action on Smoking and Health of over 60,000 teens concluded that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer more than once or twice. This research highlights how, while teen vaping does occur, the overwhelming majority are former smokers. Meaning, less than 0.1% of non-smoking teens end up smoking because of vaping.
At the same time, we have evidence proving the harm reduction value of vaping going back as far as 2015, when Public Health England concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. More recently, a study out of Roswell Park found the toxicants in vapor are around 93% lower than in cigarette smoke.
However, nothing proves the harm reduction value of vaping quite like the famous report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences. Researchers concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is about 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
Adding to the real life value of e-cigarettes, reports have found than not only are they effective smoking cessation tools, but they may be the best we have. A report out of the University of Louisville tested all the most common smoking cessation methods and found vaping to be the most likely to succeed, even beating out prescription drugs.
It’s incredibly important to protect the youth from things they don’t fully grasp, but that doesn’t mean we should lose our collective heads. By implementing restrictive laws, which have become a popular counter to the teenage vaping debate, lawmakers are only giving an advantage to Big Tobacco.
Instead, we should support smart and sensible solutions, like the vapor detectors, as a means for protecting the youth, without taking away the freedom of adults. If we don’t, legislators will continue to make things more difficult for the vaping industry under the guise of protecting teens.
That’s why it’s so vital for us to speak out and let our representatives know how much vaping means to us. You can also show them that there are smarter, more targeted, solutions to the issue of teen vaping than simply banning flavors.
Do you think vapor detectors are a good idea? Will they be able to help improve vaping rights for adults? What’s the best way for us to teach others about the benefits of vaping? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.