True Dangers of Vaping Beginning to Come to Light with More Teens Addicted
UNITED STATES – An online article published at yahoo.com discusses the epidemic of teen vaping and the ways in which experts are starting to understand the dangers the devices present to consumers.*
While fewer teenagers are smoking traditional cigarettes than ever, teen nicotine addiction is rising around the country. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that everyday teen smoking has dropped by almost 90 percent since the 1990s. But teenagers and young adults are turning to the new form of cigarette: the e-cigarette. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that more than 20 percent of high school students today use e-cigarettes.
The devices, which come in a variety of brands, shapes, and flavors, have been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. The leading manufacturer of e-cigarettes, JUUL, has said its devices are intended to help traditional smokers give up combustible cigarettes. However, the marketing for the devices has aggressively targeted young people, and the liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes often packs a powerful punch.
“Our understanding of e-cigarettes is still accumulating, but at this point, we are pretty confident that e-cigarettes are at least two-thirds to three-fourths as bad as cigarettes,” said Dr. Stanton Glantz, of the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. “And remember, cigarettes are pretty horrible. Vaping is like, instead of jumping out of the 40th story of a building, you’re jumping out of the 30th story.”
Teens who are vaping have been presenting with a host of issues at school, at primary care offices, and at hospitals. Teachers report rampant addiction, and numerous vapers across the country have recently been hospitalized for unexplained respiratory illness. Several hospitalized teens and young adults have had to be placed on ventilators due to significant breathing issues.
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