The Research on the use of e-cigarettes in UNCP
The report seeks to provide an insight into the use of e-cigarettes in schools based on the various sources and research studies. Various in-depth researches on the issues of using e-cigarettes in schools reveal that it results in major social problems in the schools. The findings from different surveys provide that e-cigarettes emit certain fumes that are not good for human health. The use of e-cigarettes should be subject to the restricted areas and cannot be taken in public areas. This implies that use of e-cigarettes is unacceptable and against the laid out regulations both at the state and the federal governments. The proper analysis and evaluation of the reports provided by the Food and Drug Administration (DFA) revealed that the use of e-cigarettes was not well researched and examined. However, the FDA was considering imposing some regulations on the sale of the e-cigarettes as well as the advertisements of the e-cigarettes through the public media. Over some period now, FDA has obtained various reports on the adverse effects of e-cigarettes that led to the hospitalization of people in hospitals (Clarke, 2014). After the research conducted, it was discovered that the contents of electronic cigarettes contain battery-operated products that are designed to produce nicotine and other chemicals. The chemical are addictive just like nicotine. Most of the e-cigarettes are designed to look like conventional cigarettes or pipes. In everyday events, the e-cigarettes resemble items, such as pens and USB memory sticks. Therefore, I would recommend the banning of the use of e-cigarettes in UNCP, as it affects the health of other students as well as violating the moral principles in the institution.
The banning of the use of e-cigarettes is an appropriate option in UNCP. The use of e-cigarettes violates the freedom of other students to learn. I received several complaints from students on the use of e-cigarettes by their fellow colleagues in the classrooms. Thus, banning of use e-cigarettes in the classroom should be implemented in the institution to uphold the dignity and ethical obligations. The various negative effects of e-cigarettes can explain the recommendation. First, the e-cigarettes lack regulatory elements, including the health warning, appropriate labeling, instruction of the use, and the safe disposal of the e-cigarettes. This makes its dangerous to consume the e-cigarettes, as they expose the people to health hazards, such as toxic nicotine substances. A study by Etter (2010) found out those e-cigarette caused adverse acute pulmonary effects after five minutes of smoking. However, the study clarified that the effect may not be clinically significant, it would later cause adverse lung problems. A study on the lung function was performed after five minutes of taking the e-cigarettes (Etter, 2010). The findings indicated that smoking led to increased impedance, airway flow resistance, and oxidative stress in the lungs. This indicates that the risks exposed for only five minutes were incomparable to the smoking of e-cigarettes for a day. Thus, the lung function issues marks some significant issues to worry about in the smoking of e-cigarettes. The students should be allowed to smoke e-cigarettes in the lecture halls, as it would expose the other student’s health at risk (Trtchounian, Williams, & Talbot, 2010).
Based on the research from the FDA websites, it can ascertain that e-cigarettes contain certain substances that are toxic to the human bodies. The manufacture of e-cigarettes was not subjected to relevant clinical study making its contents untested for safety. The smokers of the e-cigarettes could be exposed to the ECIG cartridges that would result in serious toxicity. The contents used in the manufacture of e-cigarettes are potentially harmful when inhaled. The FDA was concerned with the marketing of e-cigarettes that led to increased nicotine addiction among the young people. Adversely, the smoking of e-cigarettes causes negative implications on the health of the non-smokers. The air resistance in their lungs was increased when they encountered a smoke form the smokers (Nordqvist, 2013). This indicates that the complaints from the students were genuine and thus, the smoking of the e-cigarettes.
According to Clarke (2014), many people have complained of respiratory and cardiovascular problems after smoking the e-cigarettes. The supply and distribution of the e-cigarettes is still questionable. The e-cigarettes are manufactured in China and sold in various stores in the U.S. The e-cigarettes brands are not well tested and most of the e-cigarettes smoke had complains on the quality of the products. The inconsistent quality of products reveals that the smokers were in the risk of inhaling harmful substances. However, the loyal customers are ready to buy the e-cigarettes in spite of the quality issues. Based on the different findings from sources and FDA website, there are potential adverse issues associated with smoking as well as respiratory problems to the non-smokers exposed to the fumes (Nordqvist, 2013). Thus, it would be appropriate to abolish the use of e-cigarettes in UNCP, more so in the lecture halls.
Courses of Action
Apart from banning the use of e-cigarettes in UNCP, the institution can adopt other actions to deal with the issue. First, I would propose the institution to allow for the use of e-cigarettes in the institution, but outside the lecture halls. Thus, the students would be allowed to smoke the e-cigarettes outside the lecture halls. Second, the institution can set up a place, whereby all e-cigarettes would be allowed to smoke. Such a place would be aimed at reducing the exposure of non–smokers to the smokes of the e-cigarettes. Thirdly, it can allow the student to use the e-cigarettes in all places except when there are gatherings, classes in session or meetings. The action would help to ensure that the students who smoke e-cigarettes have the freedom to enjoy their habit, since the FDA has not yet confirmed the health effects caused by e-cigarettes. However, I support the action to bann the use of e-cigarettes in the institution. By prohibiting students to smoke e-cigarettes in the institution, it would uphold the dignity of the classes as well as protecting the interest of the non-smokers.
By considering the findings from the different sources and surveys, I would recommend for the banning of the using e-cigarettes in the institution, more so in the lecture halls. It has been revealed that the e-cigarettes have some effects on the non-smokers as well as the smokers by causing dizziness and respiratory problems. FDA also complains the lack of proper regulatory elements in the design and manufacturing of the e-cigarettes. The product is manufactured in China and thus, it is not tested for the safety of smoking. In addition, the contents of e-cigarettes contain nicotine that is addictive to the young people. This could lead to the nicotine cessation, causing people to start smoking the real tobacco cigarettes. As a result, the e-cigarettes should be banned in UNCP to prevent adverse health problems among the students.
Clarke, T. (2014, April 17). “E-Cigarettes May Not Be As Safe As You Think.” Retrieved September 26, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/more-ecigarette-injuries_n_5165480.html.
Etter, J. F. (2010). Electronic cigarettes: a survey of users. BMC Public Health, 10(1), 231.
Nordqvist, C. (2013, June 10). “Electronic Cigarettes Can Harm The Lungs.” Retrieved September 26, 2014, from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249784.php.
Trtchounian, A., Williams, M., & Talbot, P. (2010). Conventional and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have different smoking characteristics. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(9), 905-912.