You may be reading about the rise in e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults and the growing concern this “epidemic” is creating among health experts.
E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that contains nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals. Some delivery systems, like Juul, contain higher content nicotine liquid than other e-cigarettes. In some cases, e- cigarettes deliver marijuana and other drugs.
Users inhale the aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders also breathe in the aerosol exhaled by the user. This exposes users and friends to nicotine, flavorings and chemicals that maybe toxic and possibly cancer causing.
Young adults react to nicotine differently than adults. The developing brains of young adults are more sensitive to nicotine, increasing the risk of addiction as well as memory and attention problems.
The CDC warns that vaping can lead to traditional cigarette use and putting user at risk for devastating health consequences.
Student Health is encouraging parents to learn about e-cigarettes and what the delivery systems look like. Parents should talk to their students about the risk of nicotine addiction, exposure to carcinogens and chemicals and the lack of long-term data on the health effects for users and those exposed to second hand aerosol.