Talking to Kids and Teens About the Dangers of Vaping

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The vape, also called e-cigarette, is an electronic device that heats liquid into a vapor or aerosol that people can inhale. People can use a variety of devices to vape, but all work the same way. They contain an electronic battery that powers a heating coil. The liquid inside the device is known as e-liquid or e-juice. The vapor that’s inhaled has many harmful chemicals and tiny (ultrafine) particles that can cause breathing problems and lung damage. The device can also fire and cause burns if it comes in contact with something flammable, like clothes or papers. There have been many reports of batteries in e-cigarettes exploding, which can cause serious injuries and burns.

Many young adults and teens are using e-cigarettes. These are marketed as healthier alternatives to traditional cigarettes, which coat the lungs in tar. They’re also touted as a tool to help people quit smoking. But research shows that vaping can actually lead to more smoking and cause other health problems, including addiction. It’s important to educate kids about the health risks of e-cigarettes and to have open conversations with them about the dangers of vaping.

There are a lot of reasons why kids and teens might start vaping, from the easy availability of devices to kid-friendly advertising and flavors. But there are many health risks associated with vaping, including nicotine addiction, brain changes and the increased risk of trying other tobacco products, such as regular cigarettes, cigars or hookahs.

Nicotine affects the developing brain, which can make it harder to learn and concentrate. It also increases cravings and can trigger mood changes. It’s also not good for your lungs, and it can lead to other health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and respiratory illness. Even e-liquids that are labeled as nicotine free have some level of nicotine, and can still cause addiction.

In addition, the toxins and aerosols in e-liquid can be poisonous or cause lung irritation if they come into contact with your skin or eyes. They can also damage your teeth, and cause heart and lung diseases if you inhale them for a long period of time.

Talking to your kids and teenagers about the health risks of vaping can help keep them from starting. It’s especially important to explain that even if they only vape occasionally, it can be dangerous and lead to other unhealthy habits. Try to encourage them to find other ways to relax, like exercise or listening to music, and let them know you’re there to support them if they want to quit. Write down a list of the reasons they want to stop and look at it whenever they feel the urge to vape. Make a plan to quit together and set a date to start fresh. Then get rid of all the vaping gear they might have in their room or purse and put a stop to the temptation. You can also ask your doctor, therapist or school counselor for free resources to help you quit vaping, including online, texting and phone services and apps.

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