I’m sure you’ve all heard of vaping before (using an e-cigarette). It initially started as an alternative to traditional tobacco products that didn’t require have all the horrible chemicals of standard cigarettes. For this reason, many people looked at it as a healthy alternative to cigarettes or even a method to quit smoking all together.
These seemingly less-harmful alternatives have turned into an epidemic for our teens and young adults. It has also turned into a prime gateway to marijuana and other drug use.
Over the past 5 years, e-cigarette use explored in the young populations. The US surgeon general reported a 900x increase – 900!! In a group whose tobacco use had otherwise been falling. The flavored options came out and their popularity continued boom.
CNN had a great article this morning describe just how serious this epidemic is – https://cnn.it/2HZPQw8. The article highlights a young man who became addicted in high school, smoking the equivalent to 1.5 packs a day. He smoked for just 2 yr and now has serious lung damage that is likely irreversible.
Thousands have been hospitalized for poisoning or adverse effects related to vaping. Six people have already died from e-cigarette use. These numbers will continue to rise as the rate of use continues to skyrocket. Thankfully, the government has decided to plan flavored e-cigarettes all together, which is a huge win for public health.
Are you a parent, worried about vaping and want to learn more about what you can do? Here are a few great resources:
- American Academy of Pediatrics – http://bit.ly/2UQi9lP
- CDC – http://bit.ly/2UNVHtL
- Child Mind Institute: http://bit.ly/2UUNjbR
- American Lung Association: http://bit.ly/2UQXu1i
What are your thoughts on e-cigarette use? If you smoke, have you tried them? What can we do to protect our young people from getting started with nicotine products? Leave your thoughts below!
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