E-Cigarettes & Vapping facts
In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes. Which translated into 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students.Research shows that more high school students are vaping than adults.-
Sorry parents but it is highly likely our high school students all know someone who vapes or have possibly tried it themselves.
What Is Vaping?
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette. E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,”"juuls", “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contain nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. That's why using e-cigarettes is called "vaping." Once a cartridge is empty the user simply purchases another cartridge. Cartridges come in numerous flavors making them even more appealing to adolescents.
What Are the Health Effects of Vaping?
Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can affect brain development, especially in young adults and adolescents.
Because vaping is new, we don't yet know how it affects the body over time. We do know that the nicotine in e-cigarettes is very addictive and that it can slow brain development in teens. This can affect memory, concentration, learning,self-control, attention, and mood. Nicotine can also increase the risk of other types of addiction later in life. E-cigarettes also irritate and damage the lungs and can lead to smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use.
Some people use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana,THC oil, and other dangerous chemicals. Besides irritating the lungs, these drugs also affect how someone thinks, acts, and feels.
What is JUUL?
JUUL (pronounced 'jewel') is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. it is currently the top selling e-cigarette brand in the United States. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled.
All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.
Other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL.
The bottom line e-cigarettes are being used by middle and high school students in alarming numbers. As traditional cigarettes have lost their appeal, the vaping culture has replaced it with fancy devices and flavors to choose from. Tobacco companies produce these e-cigarettes and have done a wonderful job marketing the products.
We need to take action now, educate our children and turn this trend around. Ohio recently increased the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old in an effort to combat this growing concern. Talk to your children today about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.
Does it sound bad?.......... because it is.