The Truth about Vaping: 7 Concerning Facts for Parents

Many parents are currently worried about their teens because of the increase in vaping or e-cigarette usage among youngsters.

Vaping seems to be the new thing that everyone is doing and our teens are “going mad” about the flavored and customizable e-cigarettes that make them feel cool.

Many teens, unaware of the risks associated with vaping, start using e-cigarettes and easily get hooked and harm their health.

Vaping or the inhalation and exhalation of the vapor produced by e-cigarettes can cause cancer, as well as respiratory and heart diseases, because of the particles in the aerosol which contain toxic chemicals.

With the popularity of e-cigarettes growing, vaping has not just become more common among adults, but amongst young people too.

Alarmingly, USA Today reported that more than 3 million middle and high school students claim they regularly vape.

Youth vaping has become a serious concern in the US, but elsewhere too. How do teens enter the world of vaping? Why are so many teens hooked on e-cigarettes?

Research shows that teens consider vaping to be a fun way to spend time with friends and believe e-cigarettes to be a healthier replacement for regular tobacco cigarettes.

Others claim it helps them fight off stress while some teens use it during social situations only.

Our teens end up vaping and thinking that they are safer than “regular” smokers, when in reality they are doing a very similar thing.

Regardless of why they choose to vape, teens are still worsening their health. As Benard Dreyer, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics explains, although e-cigarettes have smaller amounts of chemicals than other tobacco products, any kind of exposure to carcinogens is bad for young people.

This being said, parents need to be better informed about vaping and address this behavior if they see it in their teens, but also prevent it from happening in the first place.

By understanding the issues associated with e-cigarettes and learning that they are not a healthy alternative to regular tobacco as advertised, we can help our teens make healthier decisions.

If you think that your teen needs to know why vaping is not a good thing for him/her, check out these 7 major concerning facts about e-cigarettes.

7 Concerning Facts about E-Cigarettes

   1. They are addictive

Until the age of 25, our brain is still growing and every time we learn a new skill or have a new memory, stronger connections are being built between the cells in the brain.

A youngster’s brain builds these connections faster than an adult brain and since addiction is a type of learning, getting addicted is easier in teens than in adults.

Moreover, the high levels of nicotine present in tobacco products and e-cigarettes can also make the brain of adolescents more vulnerable to other types of addictions like cocaine and alcohol addiction.

When a person becomes dependent on nicotine, it’s very difficult to stop using it. This is why giving up nicotine is characterized by symptoms like anxiety, cravings, irritability, poor mood, insomnia, etc.

Moreover, they have higher risk of smoking tobacco in the future if they start vaping in their early teens.

Knowing how common vaping has become among youth, more frequent conversations with your teen about their experience with e-cigarettes are recommended.

Ask them what they know about vaping and what they would like to know and use these talks to empower them to make more informed decisions.

    2. Bad for your health

Most e-cigarettes have potentially toxic substances like glycerol or propylene glycol and at high temperatures, they transform into a substance known as propylene oxide which is considered to be cancerous to humans.

One study discovered that people who vaped for seven months experienced side effects like cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Moreover, a type of lung inflammation known as lipoid pneumonia has also been linked with e-cigarette use.

When your teen is vaping, they are inhaling toxic substances like tin, lead, benzene, and nickel.

Moreover, a study from 2018 published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reported that daily vaping doubles the chances for a heart attack.

And, nicotine is not just highly addictive, but detrimental for the overall health; it can worsen the reproductive health, trigger cardiovascular problems, and mess with the immunity.

Since e-cigarettes are harmful, we need to help our teens say no to vaping. Do this by being a good role model and making sure your child feels safe to talk about their thoughts and challenges with you.

Since peer pressure is a common cause for youth smoking and vaping, try to teach them how to handle these challenging situations and what to say or do to stay safe.

    3. Harms the brain

Did you know that the section in the brain responsible for decision-making and impulse control, only fully develops after adolescence?