It took years for society to understand and accept the dangers of cigarettes. Now, most teens can tell you the ways that cigarettes are unhealthy.
However, there is a new problem sweeping the nation: vaping.
Vaping is the new teen version of a cigarette, and it is not safe for kids or teens. Yet, many preteens and young adults are not aware of the dangers of vaping.
Here’s what you need to know about vaping and how to keep your kids safe.
What is Vaping?
E-cigarettes are often referred to as “vaping.” e-cigarettes contain electronic devices that heat the liquid to produce an aerosol. Typically, they contain a battery and a place to hold the liquid. They come in many varieties, some may look more like regular cigarettes while others look more like pens, USB flash drives, or other common items.
Vaping and Nicotine
Many teens and young adults are not aware that e-cigarettes contain nicotine. According to the CDC, “most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.”
When using e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, people are still consuming nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and negatively impacts brain development. While nicotine is harmful to people of any age, it is especially detrimental to those who are still undergoing brain development.
e-Cigarettes are Not Healthier
A common misconception surrounding e-cigarettes is that they are “healthier” than cigarettes. There is a lot of rhetoric spread about e-cigarettes stating the air is “cleaner” than that of cigarettes. Just like cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain dangerous substances which damage the lungs and body.
Vaping has its own health consequences, and there is still a lot unknown about its long-term effects. One of the most frightening effects of vaping is that it leads to cigarette smoking. The CDC states that “young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.” Those who start by using e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke later on, which is one big reason why teens and young adults should avoid vaping altogether.
Ultimately, vaping is harmful, especially for the growing brain and body. Educate your children on the dangers of e-cigarettes from an early age. Explain that many of the effects are not yet known and that it is certainly not worth the risk. Establish clear rules and consequences about e-cigarette use from the beginning.