A study conducted by Professor Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin and her team of researchers from the department of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine has revealed that just over a quarter of teenagers who use e-cigarettes engage in an alternative method of vaping known as ‘dripping’.
The study was conducted in 2015 and assessed a group of 7000 students from high schools in southeastern Connecticut. Certain factors contributed to an increase in ‘dripping’ activity, such as being male, white, having tried out more tobacco products and having used e-cigarettes frequently in the recent past.
This substitute to normal vaping results in more smoke and better flavour but also a stronger hit of nicotine, which may be potentially harmful. Dripping is a more manual method which “involves vaporising the e-liquid at high temperatures by dripping a couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer’s coil and then immediately inhaling the vapour that is produced” as explained by Dr.Krishnan-Sarin.
Although the study did not focus on the risks and consequences of dripping, Dr. Lewis First, editor in chief of the journal Pediatrics, in which it was published, has nevertheless expressed concern over this practice by adolescents, stating that it could lead to future health risks as well as a stepping stone to more dangerous inhalants.
The FDA recently implemented a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to young people under 18 years of age. The product has been at the centre of controversy over the past year and comes with mixed reviews. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insisted that e-cigarette producers specifically target young people in their marketing tactics and offer appealing flavours, while the U.S. surgeon general, Dr.Vivek Murthy, had declared that the product is risky due to some toxic chemical release.