The Trend in Vaping Among Teens
The trend of vaping is putting teens at high risk of serious health complications. Vapes, vaporizers, JUULs, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are electronic nicotine delivery systems often used to replace other habit-forming nicotine delivery vessels, such as cigarettes.
What is a JUUL?
JUUL devices are battery powered and look like a flash drive that can be charged using a USB port. 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. JUUL devices deliver nicotine through a liquid, which turns into an inhalable aerosol when the device is used. The liquid comes in different flavors, such as mint, cookie, and fruit and appeals to kids and teens. The JUUL device delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive.
Many people believe the liquid used in vaping just contains water and flavoring and is safer than smoking cigarettes. The liquid used in vaping actually does contains nicotine. According to the JUUL website, e-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine. The nicotine content of one JUUL pod has about 200 puffs, which is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes.
Health Risks Associated With Vaping
Although the liquid is promoted as being safe, tobacco or nicotine-infused products are harmful to a person’s health. The liquid used in the vape and JUUL devices can cause scar buildup and permanent damage to the lungs. In addition, a majority of the flavorings contain chemicals that are harmful.
Research published in the journal, Frontiers in Physiology (2018), suggests that the flavoring in e-cigarette liquids induce an inflammatory response, cellular toxicity, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Dr. Thivanka Muthumalage states, “cinnamon, vanilla, and butter flavoring chemicals were the most toxic, but our research showed that mixing flavors of e-liquids caused by far the most toxicity to white blood cells.”
Vaping devices that use non-nicotine liquids still pose health risks due to the chemicals contained in the liquids. When it comes to research on Juul products, Dr. Irfan Rahman states, “we found metals such as copper, we published a paper, we found lung injuries, inflammation, and stress in the lungs.” He also adds, “this is really bad for high schoolers and middle schoolers when their lungs are developing, and if they vape it’s interfering with lung development.” (University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry, 2019).
Treatment for Addiction
Vaping is habit-forming, addictive, and harmful to your health. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder, get help today. Addiction is not curable but is treatable. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
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