Vaping is, unfortunately, becoming more popular with adolescents and teens. Vape products are known by many different names; they are sometimes called e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems, and electronic nicotine delivery systems.
Most vaping devices contain and deliver nicotine, which can harm a teenager’s developing brain and lead to addiction. Here are some of the most important things to know about youth vaping:
Vaping is Addictive
- Vapes and e-juices contain nicotine, an addictive chemical that is extremely hard to quit.
- Nicotine is the same drug used in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
- Some vape pods have as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes (a pack of cigarettes).
- Because the brain continues to develop until the mid-20s, young people have a greater risk of becoming addicted to nicotine.
Vaping can Harm the Brain and the Test of Your Body
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the organization that makes sure drugs are safe and effective. This is called “regulating.” The FDA is supposed to regulate e-juices and vaping devices; they have not started regulating e-juices and vaping devices yet so we cannot be sure what is in these products.
The Vaping Industry Targets Youth
- The tobacco and vaping industries target young people so they will become lifetime users addicted to their products. Cigarette makers own and invest in vape companies.
- The vaping industry makes their products taste like fruit or candy so youth will want to try them
- Youth that vape are 4 times more likely to smoke cigarettes
Additional information and weekly updates on vaping can be found on the CDC’s website.