Could this be my child?…. Statistics say teens are using e-cigarettes in record numbers.
Have you started a discussion with your teen?: Be aware of opportunities or pressures our kids may face. How can we empower them?
What do I need to know?: Is it really only flavor? What is Vaping or Juuling? What is in them? What are the health effects?
Teen Vaping: An Epidemic among teens
Statistics say teens are using e-cigarettes in record numbers. Even our kids at LCS...
The latest ‘Youth Risk Behavior Survey’ by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows “more than 60 percent of students will try vaping by 12th grade” (2018). This is a 900 percent increase in e- cigarette use among high school students since 2011. Many teens mistakenly believe that vaping is harmless. Ads claim that e-cigarettes only give off water vapor. The truth is, there are many harmful and addictive ingredients in them. Not only that, there is little research on the long term effects of e-cigarettes.
What is Vaping?
There are many types of e-cigarettes or vaping devices. These devices work by heating the e-liquids that are inhaled as the aerosol containing nicotine or other chemicals. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there are many devices including e-cigs, e-hookahs, hookah pens, vapes, vape pens, and mods (2018).
What is in e-liquids?
E-liquid, or e-juice, is the name for the solution that is heated up and converted to an aerosol, which e-cigarette users inhale. These are some of the most common ingredients: Nicotine, Flavorings, Propylene glycol (PG), and Glycerin The New York Times, Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science, wrote that although manufacturers don’t intentionally put formaldehyde into e-cigs, the carcinogen can be created when propylene glycol or glycerol—so-called “carrier fluids” used in e-cigs to help transport nicotine and flavors and to create a vapor cloud—are heated. Numerous studies have found emissions of formaldehyde from e-cigs (2018). They are not composed of water and natural ingredients as many teens believe.
What are the health effects?
A Harvard University study found that more than 75 percent of flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquid contained chemicals linked to severe respiratory disease. With this are side effects that include, but not limited to: increased heart rate causing cardiac arrhythmia, trouble breathing and lung damage, acid reflux, and insulin resistance.
Talk to your teen
E-cigarettes are new and constantly changing. Therefore, the long term effects of these products are unknown. Talk to your teen about vaping, what they know, and educate them on the unknown. Helping teens understand the risk and potential long term effects is vital. Please post any question you have. Lets partner together to educate our kids.
For more information on the epidemic and impact of vaping, see these resources: