What is Dripping?
The health risks of e-cigarettes and vaping have been questioned since the products’ introduction. Cigarette smoking has been vastly reduced in the United States as the long-term health factors have been spotlighted and advertising for tobacco products seriously regulated. In light of the change, e-cigarettes have risen in popularity, described as less risky or a method to help you quit smoking. Now, a new trend is catching on, even more dangerous than the last: dripping.
Dripping is the newest trend and is a twist on typical vaping. Users drop the liquid from an e-cigarette directly on hot coils to generate stronger sensations and flavors. The dripping generates much higher temperatures, leading to a greater emission of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acetone. Those chemicals are known to cause cancer and other diseases. According to a study published by the Journal of Pediatrics, at least one in four teenagers have tried the trend.
The study found that 64% of respondents stated that they dripped for thicker smoke, 35% for better flavor, and 28% for a stronger sensation.
How long the trend will stay is unclear. E-cigarette use exceeded the popularity of cigarette use among teens in 2014. Ray Story, the CEO of Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said:
“At the end of the day, I don’t think [dripping] serves any kind of purpose. It’s for monster clouds. It’s the lot of the ‘do-it-yourself’ type guys that are into this.”