Recent study data showing that e-cigarette; Juul and the vaping devices addicting youth. As most of the young people are not aware; that these products contain nicotine, let alone such high amounts; putting them at risk for lifelong addiction. By this researchers finding the correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use.
But many of the students cannot get through the school day without using; causing quite a challenge for school administrators and teachers. Youth who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to smoke cigarettes. Beyond the risk for addiction, e-cigarettes contain numerous chemicals linked to risk for cavities, seizures, heart and lung disease and cancer.
The aerosol given off by e-cigarettes has tiny particles that can easily be breathed into the lungs, putting all of us at risk. These products are setting our youth up for a lifetime of health risks if we do not intervene now. We also know it is not just water vapor. But curious to find that many of the products that look like school supplies in a student’s backpack could in fact be e-cigarette devices designed for addiction.
Vaping devices usage
While we have seen a decrease in cigarette smoking across the United States; emerging products such as e-cigarettes have taken over and are cause for immediate concern. According to 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data; one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students (over 3.6 million youth) are currently using e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ a 78% increase from 2017.
However, juul, a type of pod based e-cigarette that resembles a USB flash-drive; has garnered the fascination of youth, contributing to the alarming rates. But each Juul cartridge has the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like Juul target our youth through fun flavors like mango and creme brulee, using manipulative and tailoring marketing; and creating a norm where it is acceptable to use these products.
Youth in your community
But as the greatest correlation was among water pipe, cigar, and e-cigarette users, with 43% of water pipe users, 35% of cigar users, and 29% of e-cigarette users having vaped cannabis. Talk to your kids, grandkids and youth in your community about the facts. You are a voice of reason and someone they trust and look to for advice. Together, we can change this epidemic.
As with e-cigarettes, much more research is needed about the harms and benefits of non-combustible forms of cannabis and the effects of vaporized cannabis use, especially among adolescents. And set a positive example by being tobacco-free yourself.