Easily recognized as one of the most popular substance use trends among teens, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by an e-cigarette, vape pen, or similar devices commonly known as “vapes”. These devices contain flavored e-liquids, nicotine and/or cannabis (marijuana).
Although initially created to help existing smokers quit, enticing flavors such as mango, mint and tutti frutti have attracted young people and non-smokers to the products. Their popularity has by far eclipsed that of smoking cigarettes among today’s adolescents.
But, it’s important to know that vapes are not safe. Thousands of illnesses and even several dozen deaths have been linked to their use.
Vaping is serious and worthy of concern. Just about all vape products contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug, and the negative health effects are broad and can be serious. The vast majority of people with nicotine addiction started using a nicotine product before age 21.
Despite this, a recent survey of parents of middle and high school students found that 40% said that they were not at all concerned about their own child’s use of vape products. If you believe your child may try, has tried them or is using them regularly, it is definitely an issue worth addressing.