Rising Concerns over E-Cigarette Use Among Turkish Youth

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Rising Concerns over E-Cigarette Use Among Turkish Youth
Turkish medical professionals express concerns over youth using e-cigarettes, emphasizing their addictive nature and potential health risks.

According to Turkish media outlet Dha, medical professionals in Turkey have expressed concerns about the use of e-cigarettes among young people. Professor Tevfik Özlü, head of the Chest Diseases Department at Karabük Technical University (KTU) Medical School in Turkey, has cautioned that despite the ban on e-cigarette sales in Turkey, school-age children and teenagers can easily purchase them online, leading to an increasing trend in consumption.


Professor Ozlu emphasizes that e-cigarettes are not harmless and can increase dependency. Despite the ban on the sale of e-cigarettes in Turkey in recent years, people can still purchase these products through the internet, leading to an increasingly common use of e-cigarettes among young people. He points out that many people believe regular cigarettes are harmful, while e-cigarettes are relatively harmless, which creates nicotine dependency. However, for young people, it is actually a significant risk.


He pointed out, "Selling regular cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 is prohibited, ensuring that they do not have access to this demographic. However, the marketing and promotion of e-cigarettes aims to overcome this barrier, making it easier for young people to have access to e-cigarettes."


This age group is susceptible to developing nicotine dependence, and the use of e-cigarettes can serve as a gateway to smoking, potentially leading users back to traditional cigarettes. Research indicates that teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to develop a dependence on traditional cigarettes compared to non-users. Furthermore, they are also more likely to develop a stronger dependence on other addictive substances such as marijuana.


Professor Ozlu emphasized that e-cigarettes not only contain nicotine but also various chemicals, including carcinogens and flavor enhancers. To a certain extent, e-cigarettes are more likely to attract the interest of young people, making them more susceptible to nicotine addiction.


They will eventually replace their nicotine addiction with cigarettes.


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