Risks & Effects of Juuling & Vaping

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Terry Meyer, Special Contributor

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Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain. The brain keeps developing until about age 25.
  • Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.
  • Each time a new memory is created or new skill is learned, stronger connections – synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine alters the way these synapses are formed.

Other Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

  • Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.
  • Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term.

Stats

  • E-cigarettes also can be used to deliver other drugs, including marijuana; in 2016, approximately one-third of U.S. middle and high school students who have ever used an e-cigarette reported using marijuana in the device.
  • Approximately two-thirds of JUUL users aged 15 – 24 do not know that JUUL always contains nicotine.
  • According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.2
  • Scientists are still learning about the short-term and long-term health effects of HTPs (Heated Tobacco Products)
  • A study from the University of North Carolina found that the two primary ingredients found in e-cigarettes—propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin—are toxic to cells and that the more ingredients in an e-liquid, the greater the toxicity.
  • E-cigarettes produce a number of dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. These aldehydes can cause lung disease, as well as cardiovascular (heart) disease.

The effects of vaping oils

  • Presently 11 deaths with more being investigated
  • 500+ illnesses with rates escalating quite quickly