In 2019 more than 5 million U.S. youth were using e-cigarettes and vape pens.
WHAT IS VAPING
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol or vapor made from a liquid or dry materials that is heated an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. The liquid can contain flavoring, nicotine, or marijuana concentrates. Dry herb vape devices can heat dry marijuana without combusting it and without using additional liquid. Generally the vaping device consists of a battery, a cartridge for containing the e-liquid or dry marijuana and heating component.
WHY DO TEENS START VAPING?
E-cigarettes release chemicals into the brain which causes a pleasurable high. What started as casual use, can quickly turn into an addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration examined self-reported reasons for using e-cigarettes among middle and high school students using data from the 2016
National Youth Tobacco Survey. The report found that, among students who used e-cigarettes in 2016, the most common reasons were:
• Because a friend or family member used them (39 percent)
• The availability of flavors, such as mint, candy, fruit or chocolate (31 percent)
• The belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than
other forms of tobacco, such as cigarettes (17.1 percent)
E-CIGARETTES AND VAPE PENS COME IN MANY SHAPES AND SIZES
Some look like a tobacco product, which makes them hard to spot. While others like JUUL and myblue, which are popular with teens, resemble and are as small as a USB flash drive. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not resemble other tobacco products. Because these products can look like USB drives, pens and everyday objects it is often difficult for parents and teachers to recognize.
E-CIGARETTES AND VAPE PENS ARE A WAY TO INHALE NICOTINE AND MARIJUANA
The aerosol emitted can also contain other harmful substances, including heavy metals such as lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer causing agents. Certain products emit very low amounts of aerosol or “vapor,” which makes them easier to use discreetly then combustible cigarettes. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same highly addictive drug in cigarettes. Some e-cigarettes may contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.