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BLOWING SMOKE - VAPING TEENS
E-cigarettes have been called the next generation cigarette and vaping the newest way for teens to start smoking. Research confirms that teens who vape are more likely to start smoking tobacco products than teens who don’t use electronic cigarettes. It’s also been found that nonsmoking teens who start vaping are three times as likely as nonvapers to later smoke cigarettes and that vaping seemed to encourage smoking.
Most teens assume vaping is harmless, however it is not. Studies have shown that the gases and particles in e-cigarette vapors can harm the lungs, brain, heart and immune system. They pose a serious threat to teens and creating the next generation of smokers. Vaping liquids can be flavored to taste like fruit or candy. Most contain nicotine and it’s this nicotine that can cause an addiction and fuel a teens’ transition from vaping to smoking.
So what is Vaping? What is the vapor made from and how does it work? The drug inside most e-flavors is nicotine, in its concentrated potent, liquid form - extracted from tobacco and blended with a variety of flavorings, colorings and assorted chemicals and toxins, carefully calculated to feed the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. E-cigarettes actually emit more than just smoke. It is an aerosol, which is a suspension of particles, toxins and other chemicals suspended within a gas. E-cig vapor often contains even more particles than tobacco smoke. Vaping can cause as much short-term inflammation in the lungs as regular cigarettes and the nicotine-free vapor may cause even more. The biggest danger may lie in the use of vaping devices. After a teen is used to some nicotine in the form of an e-cigarette, they may ultimately transition to traditional cigarettes to get nicotine more easily and quickly. E-cigarettes are very accessible and easier to conceal. Many vaping devices are designed to look like pens; compact, shiny and easy to disguise. Vaping devices are also compatible with marijuana, cocaine, THC liquids and other drugs, making substance abuse easier,less publicly recognizable and easier for a teen to hide. The devices’ create a further danger for teen users who may not be completely aware of what’s inside the electronic cigarette.
Student discussion includes: What is vaping? What is the vapor made from and how does it work? Is vaping dangerous? Do e-cigarettes contain toxins? Are e-cigarettes dangerous? Do e-cigarettes contain nicotine? Is nicotine harmful? Is nicotine addictive? What are the short and long term side effects? Are teens who vape or use e-cigarettes more likely to start smoking?