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10 Things Parents Must Know The Dangers of Vaping
Vaping has become increasingly popular over the past few years. With vape pens and electronic cigarettes — or e-cigarettes — being used more frequently, cigarette use has begun to diminish dramatically. However, vaping still raises concerns, especially among parents of teenagers in middle school or high school who have started using vape pens.
Here are ten facts parents need to know about these electronic alternatives to smoking:
1. Vaping, which is also known as “juuling,” is a widespread practice among many high school and middle school students.
2. Vaping isn’t a better alternative, nor is it “healthier,” than traditional cigarettes. It can increase the possibility of addiction to other substances like nicotine and marijuana. 3. E-cigarettes use a liquid cartridge containing flavored vape juice, which can hold up to 16 milligrams of nicotine. Vape juices come in a variety of brands carrying flavors such as peppermint, fruit, or coffee. 4. New Jersey and Pennsylvania prohibit the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vape pens to minors. In New Jersey, a minor is defined as anyone under the age of 21, and in Pennsylvania, a minor is anyone under 18. 5. In a survey of approximately 35 schools (about 3,600 students), almost 10 percent of students in grades 9–12 admitted to using e-cigarettes at least once. According to the National Institute of Drug
Abuse, approximately 30 percent of e-cigarette users begin smoking within six months, while only 8.1 percent of non-users start smoking.
6. Almost 14 percent of vapers don’t know what’s in the liquid they’re inhaling, while 66 percent believe it’s just flavoring.
7. A joint University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California study found that teenagers who vape are four times more likely to use marijuana in the next two years. 8. Some vape liquids contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is concentrated marijuana extracted from the buds and processed into a liquid form that can be inhaled or vaped. 9. Inhaling THC-laced vape liquids can not only cause a euphoric “high,” but can also distort time, increase drowsiness, cause impairment, and substantially diminish reaction time while driving. 10. Some studies indicate that the substances in many vape products, such as propylene glycol, can trigger asthma and allergies. There are also studies the show these substances break down into carcinogens within the body. One vape pod equals approximately 200 puffs — about one pack of cigarettes. If you have any questions or concerns about vaping, e-cigarettes, or liquid forms of THC, you can visit my blog at www.gambonelaw.com/blog/ for more information. –Alfonso Gambone
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