The growing popularity of vaping is putting teens at risk for health complications. Vaping is when an e-cigarette is used in place of tobacco, but still contains nicotine and other toxins. Originally, the devices were meant to replace cigarettes and are considered “safer.” People are becoming addicted to vaping and many teens are using them in schools and on school campuses, and sometimes in the classroom.
Parents might not be familiar with vaping, what is in the oils, and the vaping apparatuses. Parents should learn more about vaping and recognize the devices. A JUUL is an electronic cigarette that looks like a memory stick or thumb drive, which many people use to transfer documents or photos from home to work or school. Users plug the device into a USB port, which provides a charge for the user to take a hit. The device uses flavored cartridges that can be appealing to teens. Each pod has about 200 puffs, which is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.
The vaping devices are small enough to hide in a person’s hand or pocket and can easily go undetected by parents or school staff. Tobacco or nicotine-infused products are harmful to a person’s health. Although vaping does not use as much nicotine as cigarettes, the risk of developing severe health problems does exist. There are other toxins in the products that are unhealthy, too.
The liquid used when vaping can cause scar buildup and permanent damage to the lungs. In addition, a majority of the flavorings contain chemicals that are harmful to the lungs. E-cigarette liquids are poisonous when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. The candy and fruit-flavored substances are appealing to young children and adolescents. These liquids can cause severe skin irritation due to accidental exposure.
A person who lives with depression, anxiety, or other mental health complications is at higher risk of developing an addiction to vaping than individuals with no mental health issues. Vaping is habit-forming and addictive. Some people think vaping is safe because it contains less nicotine than other tobacco or nicotine-related products. Vaping is very harmful to a person’s health. A person who vapes can live a full, beautiful life without the risks associated with vaping.
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