The growing popularity of vaping and JUULing is putting teens at risk for serious health complications. Vapes, vaporizers, hookah pens, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs) are some of the terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems. The devices are battery powered and 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. Many people believe the liquid used in vaping just contains water and flavoring, but it also contains nicotine. The amount of nicotine in the vaping liquid can contain the same or more than the amount in cigarettes.

According to an article for Pennsylvania State University, vaping and JUULing are not safe. “Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and no amount of nicotine is safe. Nicotine is very addictive and can harm children and teens’ developing brains. Using nicotine can cause problems with learning and attention and can lead to addiction.”

Kids are becoming addicted to vaping and many teens are using them in schools and on school campuses, and sometimes in the classroom. Parents might not be familiar with vaping, what is in the oils, and the vaping apparatuses.

A JUUL is an electronic cigarette that looks like a memory stick or thumb drive. Users plug the device into a USB port, which provides a charge for the user to take a hit. Each pod has about 200 puffs, which is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.

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. Tobacco or nicotine-infused products are harmful to a person’s health.

The liquid used when vaping can cause scar build up and permanent damage to the lungs. In addition, a majority of the flavorings contain chemicals that are harmful to the lungs. Research published in the journal, Frontiers in Physiology, suggests that the flavoring in E-cigarette liquids “induce an inflammatory response, cellular toxicity, and reactive oxygen species production.” Dr. Thivanka Muthumalage said, “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 is habit-forming and addictive. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, do not wait, get help today.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877

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