Be aware of the dangers of vaping
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Vaping is a term used to describe “smoking” with an e-cigarette. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid, usually containing nicotine, until it becomes an inhalable vapor.
They are also called “e-cigs,” “e- hookahs,” “mods,” and “vape pens.”
E-cigarettes are promoted as a safer choice than regular cigarettes because they don’t contain carcinogens or tars found in most tobacco products. They also don’t expose others to secondhand smoke. Some adult smokers switch to e-cigarettes as a way to taper off regular cigarettes and give up nicotine altogether.
Some manufacturers flavor their nicotine liquids to make them less irritating and more appealing. Unfortunately, these fruity flavors make them more attractive to middle schoolers and teenagers.
A recent report from the U.S. surgeon general warns of the special risks to young people from vaping. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain and can impact learning, memory and attention.
In addition e-cigarettes can contain lead, dangerous compounds and cancer-causing chemicals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports increased incidents of pulmonary illness and respiratory distress linked to vaping. Vaping can cause severe, possibly irreversible damage to the lungs and even death.
The surgeon general’s tip sheet for parents, “Talk With Your Teen About E-cigarettes,” contains additional suggestions. Find it at e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov
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