What is the biggest risk of glass dab rigs?
by linbin on June 18, 2020
Recently, the city of San Francisco proposed new legislation to prohibit the sale of glass dab rigs in the city until the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that glass dab rigs met health standards. This is the first time that the United States has questioned the overall safety of glass dab rigs and whether teenagers are suitable to try tobacco products for the first time through glass dab rigs.
In recent years, the glass dab rigs ban has quietly spread around the world. Singapore, Thailand and Brazil are among the few countries that have completely banned Glasdabrigs. Other countries either strictly control sales or ban the use of nicotine-based tobacco oil.
Hong Kong is a region that has recently proposed strict regulations. Now it has started to ban the sale, import or promotion of online headshop, but it can still be used. One Hong Kong official even suggested that the government consider glass dab rigs as "an import that will eventually lead to the consumption of traditional cigarettes".
The proposal of San Francisco is also in response to the "entrance" assumption made by Hong Kong officials above, which indicates that besides the potential safety risks, glass dab rigs is the biggest worry that young people are developing the habit of using nicotine through it and may become addicted to it, eventually leading to smoking traditional tobacco.
San Francisco supervisor Shamann Walton said in a statement recently: "E-cigarettes have always targeted teenagers' color and taste, attracting teenagers and seducing their dependence on nicotine." "Companies like JUUL are attracting people who have never used cigarettes, thus increasing the number of smokers. Glass dab rigs product promotion targeting young people should be banned. “
In Shamann Walton's statement, it is no accident that Juul was mentioned. Juul is the leader in the glass dab rigs industry in the United States, firmly occupying more than 75% of the total glass dab rigs market. The Silicon Valley start-up company, which was just established in 2015, has cultivated a multi-billion dollar market in just a few years.
At the end of 2018, a study concluded that more than 20% of American high school students were using glass dab rigs, up 78% from the previous year. When the Stanford research team investigated the company's marketing from 2015 to 2018, it was found that Juul specifically targeted teenagers in the first six months of its listing, which led to a rapid increase in the number of teenagers using lookah seahorse in the past three years in the United States.
The debate over whether glass dab rigs need regulation has two basic starting points. First, what are the health risks of glass dab rigs? Second, will teenagers' use of glass dab rigs increase the likelihood that the subjects will eventually smoke?
The first question about the health risks of Glasdabrigs is still the focus of global scientists. It is becoming increasingly clear that glass dab rigs, although not as harmful as combustible cigarettes, are not entirely harmless.
The second problem is very difficult. There is increasing evidence that young people's use of glass dab rigs does increase their risk of trying traditional cigarettes. However, we cannot ignore that Glasdabrigs also makes smokers give up cigarettes. The crux of the problem is whether the health benefits of allowing adults to use glass dab rigs outweigh the risks of nicotine and traditional tobacco that may be induced by this.
"Electronic cigarettes cannot be simply classified as beneficial or harmful," concluded Committee Chairman David Eaton behind the 2018 report. "In some cases, such as when non-smoking teenagers and young people use them, the side effects are obviously worthy of attention. In other cases, for example, when adult smokers use them to quit smoking, they reduce the probability of various diseases caused by smoking. “。
Therefore, it is difficult to clearly draw the causal relationship from the current research. Glass dab rigs advocates suggest that looking at the current smoking rate among teenagers can tell what impact glass dab rigs have on teenagers. Although the smoking rate among teenagers has risen sharply in recent years, the smoking rate among teenagers has been declining. In fact, the youth smoking rate in the United States dropped from about 11% in 2015 to just over 7% in 2018. The appearance of Glasdabrigs has actually reduced the overall smoking rate of teenagers.
At present, all countries in the world have completely different attitudes towards water pipes for sale, including countries that have completely banned (Brazil, Singapore, Thailand) and countries that have absolutely and freely opened markets (Russia, Netherlands, Armenia). There are still various methods between these extremes. For example, although Australia and Japan allow the use of glass dab rigs, nicotine is not allowed to be added.
It is too early to judge whether glass dab rigs is attracting a new generation of people to use nicotine or whether glass dab rigs will eventually cause serious long-term health damage. Similarly, it is still too early to judge whether glass dab rigs can finally help traditional adult smokers quit smoking.
Perhaps the biggest risk for Glasdabrigs now is uncertainty about what risks there are.