Vaping: Teen Awareness

If you have see the news anytime recently you know there has been an epidemic of vaping related lung injuries, causing serious lung issues and even deaths. The vast majority of those affected are teens and young adults. There is alot of misleading information out there. Listed below are some myths and facts parents need to know.

Myth: Vaping is safe. It’s only a water aerosol. 

Fact: The vapors contained in vaping device can contain oils, chemicals, salts, and of course nicotine, CBD, and THC. These are chemicals that can cause irritation, inflammation, and serious lung damage. Especially when not bought from a reliable vendor.

Myth: It’s safe to use a “flavor only” vape.

Fact: According to the CDC it is thought that up to 99% of vaping products contain nicotine, whether it’s advertised or not. Some products advertised as nicotine free contain small amounts of nicotine.

Myth: Only the cheap stuff bought on the internet or the street are harmful.

Fact: According to the CDC most of the recent vaping related lung injuries have contained THC, and have been obtained illegally. However, this does not account for all cases. The specific ingredient causing this lung injury is not yet known. Lungs continue to develop in young people until they’re early 20’s. We don’t know how these products can affect them in the future.

Myth: Vaping is safer than cigarettes.

Fact: No products are without their risk. Some products can contain the equivalent of a a full pack of cigarettes in one pod. Nicotine is highly addictive regardless of the source.

Signs of vaping related lung injury:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or feeling winded
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Respiratory illness like symptoms that don’t improve
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

When it comes to health and safety it’s best to foster a open environment and to keep judgement at bay. It’s more important to know what your teen may be getting involved with than determining what type of punishment might be suitable. Have open discussions with your teen about vaping, and seek medical advice if they are using nicotine regularly and need help to stop.

The information above as been referenced from the CDC. More in depth information can be found on the CDC’s website, links are below. The information in this blog is meant to help increase awareness. It is not meant to be used as a replacement to seeking medical care or advice from your physician.

UW Health Doctors Urge Teens and Young Adults to Quit Vaping

CDC On Vaping Related Lung Injury

E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Parents Need To Know

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