I will convey the various ethical considerations that come into play over the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, vaping, and tobacco cigarettes. Despite the danger cigarettes pose to our health, 40 million individuals in the U.S. still smoke, and tobacco use remains the United States’ leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The recent claim that vaping and e-cigarettes are the new and safer form of smoking has attracted a significantly younger market in comparison to those who traditionally smoke cigarettes. Preventing youths from smoking is crucial for reducing overall smoking rates. Nearly all (95.6%) of smokers start smoking before age 21 years of age, with 88.0% starting before age 18. However, with greater regulation on vaping and e-cigarettes, comes a potential harm to current smokers seeking to quit. What are the ethical concerns of changing or ignoring this current epidemic sweeping our nation?
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Despite the danger cigarettes pose to our health, tobacco use remains the United States’ leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Where do vaping and e-cigarettes come in to play? This presentation explores the ethical dilemmas that arise when determining what to do about the current health epidemic sweeping the nation.