E-Cigarettes and Vaping
In 2014, e-cigarettes surpassed combustible cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use. By 2017, more than 2 million teens were currently using e-cigarettes, and parents, teachers, and school administrators across the nation began raising alarm about pervasive e-cigarette use in schools due to the rising popularity of products with high nicotine levels and low aerosol emissions, like JUUL.
JUUL claims to contain as much nicotine as a pack of regular cigarettes in a single “pod,” and even e-cigarettes labeled as “nicotine-free” can still expose users to toxic chemicals known to cause serious health effects. However, awareness of these potential health risks remains low, with about 80 percent of youth saying they do not see great risk of harm from regular use of e-cigarettes.
For youth, this low-risk mentality could have devastating consequences. Teens' brains are still developing, making them especially vulnerable to nicotine addiction. In fact, nicotine can “rewire” the brain to crave more nicotine, and some research suggests these changes could be permanent. Further, emerging evidence suggests e-cigarette use may be harmful to the lungs, and more research is needed to understand the long-term consequences of using e-cigarettes.
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