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Vaping Impact and Information

What Are E-cigarettes?

 

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars are known collectively as ENDS – electronic nicotine delivery systems. According to the FDA, e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.

Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are generally battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol.

E-cigarettes are commonly known as “vapes” or “vaping”.

Health Risks for Teens:

The teen years are critical for brain development, which continues into young adulthood. Young people who use nicotine products in any form, including e-cigarettes, are uniquely at risk for long-lasting effects. Because nicotine affects the development of the brain's reward system, continued e-cigarette use can not only lead to nicotine addiction, but it also can make other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine more pleasurable to a teen's developing brain

Harmful ingredients in vape:

  • Propylene

  • Glycol and/or Glycerin, the main ingredients in the “e-liquid” that is vaporized inside e-cigarettes.

  • Toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze

  • Diacetyl, a buttery flavored chemical often added to food products such as popcorn, caramel, and dairy products, has also been found in some e-cigarettes with flavors. Causes a  lung disease commonly known as "popcorn lung."

  • Benzene, Nickel, Tin, Formaldehyde, and Lead are just some of the things found in e-cigarette vapors.

Vape can cause death or severe conditions:

 

Large doses of nicotine have a potential for poisoning, with symptoms beginning with nausea and vomiting in cases of toxicity and progressing to seizures and respiratory depression in cases of severe nicotine poisoning. The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that ingestion of e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine can cause death.

Tragically, one child died from acute e-cigarette poisoning in 2014, attributed to the ingestion of liquid nicotine from an e-cigarette.

While e-cigarettes do not contain smoke, they do expose others to secondhand emissions. Two studies have found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (all carcinogens) coming from those secondhand emissions. E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless, and can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine.

In 2015, a man was hospitalized with critical injuries after his e-cigarette exploded in his face. Another victim suffered severe burns on his hands, a hole in his tongue, and knocked out teeth.
 

What makes vaping addictive:

 

There is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use can be addictive. Exposure to nicotine varies a lot, depending on the device and the e-liquid it uses, as well as the individual vaper’s practices.

Heart rates increase from inhaling nicotine in e-cigarettes, as does blood pressure.

E-cigarettes with nicotine are more effective than e-cigarettes without nicotine for smoking cessation.

Teens vaping on e-cigs with higher nicotine concentrations were more likely to keep smoking e-cigs and regular tobacco cigarettes after six months; they were also vaping more. Compared to teens who didn’t vape nicotine, those who used e-cigs with high nicotine concentrations smoked 14 times as many cigarettes per day.

 

Statistics of US vapers:


The popularity of vaping has grown explosively among teenagers over the last five years, even though the legal age for buying vape pens is 18. According to CDC figures, 38% of high schoolers and even 13% of middle schoolers have tried vaping at least once. One study showed that 39.5% of smokers had used vaping to quit tobacco smoking, a better result than more conventional anti-smoking strategies can claim. But another study found vaping associated with no change at all in smoking habits, while a third showed that it can actually be a gateway to nicotine addiction for people who had never smoked. 30.7 percent of e-cig users started smoking within 6 months while 8.1 percent of non users started smoking.

 

 

References:

 

Kaplan, Sheila. E-Cigarettes’ Risks and Benefits: Highlights From the Report to the F.D.A, edited by Sheila Kaplan, New York Times. Accessed 23 Jan. 2018

 

Farsalinos KE, Kistler KA, Gillman G, Voudris V. Evaluation of Electronic Cigarette Liquids and Aerosol for the Presence of Selected Inhalation Toxins. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014

 

NIDA. "Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes)." National Institute on Drug Abuse, 7 Mar. 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e-cigarettes. Accessed 19 Apr. 2018.

 

VIDEOS:

 

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What is a "vape"?


 

 

mod or tank- expensive, heavy, more powerful

 

 

 

 

 

JUUL- inexpensive, lightweight, thin, handheld

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suorin- inexpensive, lightweight, handheld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suorin- inexpensive, lightweight, handheld