One Thing Leads to Another
Young people seem to grow up so fast, but they still need guidance from their parents. Teens have misperceptions about vaping and e-cigarettes – a relatively new form of smoking.
E-cigarettes – disguised to look like pens, highlighters, and USB drives or memory sticks – and the many chemicals they contain, pose significant health risks. Many people falsely believe they contain mostly flavored water, dismissing the vapor as harmless.
Why Is Teen Vaping So Risky?
E-cigarettes heat up a solution containing flavorings and concentrated nicotine, a highly addictive drug especially harmful to adolescent brain development.
While vaping produces no actual smoke, the poisonous vapor has been found to contain more than 2,000 ingredients – benzene, fluorine, lead, formaldehyde, and even heavy metals. Many of these chemicals can cause cancer or respiratory illness.
The heated vapor is inhaled directly into the lungs, bypassing the body’s filtration system. Some vapor particles are small enough to enter the bloodstream – inflaming and damaging bodily organs and tissues.
What Can I Do as a Parent?
– Discuss how nicotine changes the way the brain works, leading to addiction, mood swings, and permanent lowering of impulse control. It can also affect your teen’s attention and ability to learn.
– Talk to your child about how vapes and e-cigarettes can be falsely advertised as nicotine free, and using them may lead to addiction. Studies show that one in four 8th and 10th graders who vaped also smoked cigarettes.
– Besides nicotine, vapes may contain a highly concentrated form of marijuana known as THC oil, virtually odorless and hard to detect.
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