The Military and Air Power Alternate Service and the Navy Alternate have stopped promoting vape-related merchandise.
AAFES eliminated vape-related merchandise from its cabinets Sept. 30. Navy Alternate Service Command eliminated merchandise from NEX retail cabinets and directed NEX concessionaires and distributors to discontinue the sale of vaping merchandise after Oct. 1.
Vape merchandise, together with e-cigs, e-cigarettes, vapes and e-hookahs, are digital nicotine supply units that warmth a generally flavored nicotine-infused liquid right into a vapor that customers inhale. In current months, there have been stories of diseases and deaths which might be believed to be related to using vape merchandise.
“The vapor that customers inhale can comprise ultrafine particles, carcinogens, risky natural compounds and heavy metals,” mentioned Public Well being Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, director of Complete Power Health for the undersecretary of protection for personnel and readiness. “Vaping isn’t innocent, and researchers are nonetheless attempting to know the long-term impacts and well being results from inhaling the vapor.”
NEXCOM officers mentioned Navy exchanges carried two vape-related merchandise within the tobacco sale space of their shops. These merchandise, “e-cigarettes,” have been faraway from cabinets. Moreover, NEXCOM directed Navy Alternate concessionaires and distributors to discontinue the sale of vaping merchandise in any NEX location.
AAFES officers mentioned their shops’ providing of vape-related merchandise already was restricted, and that its exchanges had already stopped providing flavored vape liquids due to Meals and Drug Administration considerations with the enchantment of the merchandise to underage clients. By the tip of September, that AAFES had eliminated merchandise from two producers from kits cabinets.
Whereas proponents of vape merchandise argue that vaping is safer than utilizing conventional tobacco merchandise equivalent to cigarettes, Elenberg mentioned it is really too early to inform.
“E-cigarettes typically comprise much less chemical compounds in comparison with conventional merchandise like cigarettes, however for the reason that long-term results of vaping are unknown and never understood, there’s not sufficient info at the moment to make a dedication on whether or not it’s safer or more healthy than different tobacco merchandise,” she mentioned.
Even when the ingestion of nicotine is deemed safer although vaping than by means of conventional merchandise, nicotine itself remains to be a harmful chemical, mentioned Dr. Donald Shell, the director of illness prevention, illness administration and inhabitants well being coverage and oversight within the Workplace of the Assistant Secretary of Protection for Well being Companies Coverage and Oversight.
“Nicotine is a particularly addictive, naturally occurring poisonous chemical derived from the tobacco plant that impacts the nervous system and the center,” Shell mentioned. “Nicotine is a teratogen, as it’s able to inflicting start defects. Different developmental or reproductive toxicities related to using nicotine are unknown.”
Whereas present info relating to nicotine as a carcinogen is inconclusive, Shell mentioned, nicotine is very addictive, and younger adults and adolescents are particularly susceptible to its addictive properties.