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Health Information For Parents
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. That’s why using e-cigarettes is called “vaping.”
Vaping hasn’t been around long enough for us to know how it affects the body over time. But health experts are reporting serious lung damage in people who vape, including some deaths.
Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can:
Some people use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana, THC oil, and other dangerous chemicals. Besides irritating the lungs, these drugs also affect how someone thinks, acts, and feels.
There are different kinds of e-cigarettes. But many people use the Juul. This e-cigarette looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a laptop’s USB port. It makes less smoke than other e-cigarettes, so some teens use them to vape at home and in school. The Juul pod’s nicotine levels are the same as in a full pack of cigarettes.
Even if someone doesn’t vape every day, they can still get addicted. How quickly someone gets addicted varies. Some people get addicted even if they don’t vape every day.
Most e-cigarettes do have nicotine. Even e-cigarettes that don’t have nicotine have chemicals in them. These chemicals can irritate and damage the lungs. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes that don’t have nicotine are not known.
People who vape need the right motivation to quit. Wanting to be the best, healthiest version of themselves is an important reason to quit vaping. Here are some others:
Unknown health effects: The long-term health consequences of vaping are not known. Recent studies report serious lung damage in people who vape, and even some deaths.
Addiction: Addiction in the growing brain may set up pathways for later addiction to other substances.
Brain risks: Nicotine affects brain development in kids and teens. This can make it harder to learn and concentrate. Some of the brain changes are permanent and can affect mood and impulse control later in life.
Use of other tobacco products: Studies show that vaping makes it more likely that someone will try other tobacco products, like regular cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco.
Toxins (poisons): The vapor made from e-cigarettes is not made of water. The vapor contains harmful chemicals and very fine particles that are inhaled into the lungs and exhaled into the environment.
Sports:To do their best in sports. Vaping may lead to lung inflammation (irritation).
Money: Vaping is expensive! The cost of the cartridges over time starts to add up. Instead, someone could spend that money on other things that they need or enjoy.
To go against tobacco company advertising: Many e-cigarettes are made by the same companies that produce regular cigarettes. Their marketing targets young people by making fun flavors for e-cigarettes and showing young, healthy people vaping. They are trying to make kids and teens of today into their new, lifetime customers.
For kids and teens who want to quit, it can help to:
The signs of withdrawal are strongest in the first few days after stopping. They get better over the following days and weeks.
To help kids understand the risks of vaping and take control of their health, you can:
Talk to your kids about the reports of serious lung damage, and even deaths, in people who vape. Call your doctor right away if your child or teen vapes and has:
This chemical is found in cigarettes and is the reason why kids (and others) get hooked on the smoking habit.
Chewing or dipping: These terms are familiar to the millions of teens who use smokeless tobacco. If you’re ready to quit or you want to learn more about smokeless tobacco, read this article.
E-cigarettes aren’t a safe alternative to smoking, they’re just another way of putting nicotine into your body. Get the facts on e-cigs and vaping.
The health risks of smoking are well known, many young people still do it. Here’s how to help your kids avoid smoking, vaping, or using chewing tobacco – or quit, if they’ve already started.
Breathing in someone else’s secondhand smoke is hazardous to our health. Find out what you can do about it.
Everyone says smoking is bad for you. Why? Find out in this article for kids.
Smoking is on the decline, but some people are still lighting up. Why? The answer is addiction. Find out more in this article for teens.
Experts now know that breathing in someone else’s secondhand smoke is bad for you. Find out what you can do about it.
Nicotine is a highly addictive stimulant. Those who start smoking before age 21 have the hardest time breaking the habit.
Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States is related to tobacco. Are you ready to kick the habit?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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