Joymy reported on August 16 that user Valeria K.* (25) smokes occasionally and often smokes traditional cigarettes on weekends - until her 21-year-old sister introduced her to a new disposable e-cigarette, according to a foreign news release.
"My hands, my clothes and my hair don't smell like cigarettes," Valeria K. said. Valeria K. says he is a symbol for many. The new disposable e-cigarettes are especially popular with young people.
In contrast to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco. Instead, a liquid is heated - and the resulting vapor is inhaled by the smoker. Most electronic fog still contains nicotine. The potential for addiction is correspondingly high.
cigarettes are nothing new.
But until recently, e-cigarette users were forced to use bulky devices. However, in recent years, numerous new products have come to market and are becoming increasingly popular. The Elfbar brand is particularly popular with young people. E-cigarettes come in a variety of vibrant colors.
Mario Pappo, 51, president of the Swiss Electronic Cigarette Trade Association, says sales of disposable e-cigarettes have grown 30 percent a month since the beginning of the year. They now account for 30 percent of the e-cigarette market.
As they grow in popularity, so does the selection of products and different flavors.
Valeria K. (25) says: It reminds me of hookahs. Some contain nicotine, some don't. Different advantages and brands.
According to a recent study in the U.S., fruit flavors have a market share of 82%. So-called ice or cold varieties, which contain synthetic refrigerants, are also popular. As a result, they produce a minty menthol flavor and a cool, smoky sensation.
Manufacturers often market e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.
In Switzerland, 10,000 people die each year from tobacco use, Mario Pappo said. The goal of marketing e-cigarettes is to provide adult smokers with an alternative that is 95 percent less harmful.
However, electronic alternatives are actually unhealthy: the vapor contains toxins, the nicotine is addictive, and the lungs are stressed even without smoke. Prevention experts also criticize the fact that e-cigarettes are being consumed not only by former smokers, but also by introducing new customers to the method.
They say that the fruity and fresh flavors especially entice you to consume more.
Valeria K. also commented on this: If he doesn't do this, he will smoke. If I walk 50 meters to the mailbox, I don't light a cigarette. On the other hand, wet wipes are always ready in my pocket.
The Swiss Tobacco Prevention Working Group also criticized the marketing of disposable e-cigarettes.
They are "brightly colored, fashionable, and full of nicotine and other chemicals. The sleek design appeals mainly to young people. In addition, they look so undetectable that teachers and parents barely notice them." said Luciano Lugia, director of the Tobacco Prevention Task Force.
Improper disposal of new disposable vapes can also pollute the environment. Empty disposable e-cigarettes contain batteries, metals and chemical residues. It is surprising that they are so popular among environmentally conscious millennials.
Valeria K. is aware of this, too. She says it's okay though, and it's comfortable.