Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Risks of Vaping & E-Cigarettes for Kids, Teens & Young Adults


Risks of Vaping & E-Cigarettes
for Kids, Teens & Young Adults

The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. Knowing the facts will help counteract the myths about vaping and e-cigarettes that are out on the internet and social media, on TV, in movies and music, or talked about among friends.

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol or mix of small particles in the air. Often they are used to inhale nicotine and marijuana. Aerosol emitted can contain other harmful substances including heavy metals such as lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing chemicals.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) offer the following "Quick Facts" that are important for everyone to know:

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug that can:

* Harm brain development up to age 25
* Affect learning, memory, and attention
* Increase risk for future addition to other drugs
* Provide nearly 20 regular cigarettes worth of nicotine in one e-cigarette

E-Cigarette Vapor can contain harmful substances such as:

* Nicotine
* Cancer-causing chemicals
* Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, lead
* Flavorings that have been linked to lung disease

Healthy Lungs fight bacteria and diseases. Smoking and vaping can harm lungs by:

* Weakening normal defenses
* Causing lasting airway inflammation
* More likely to cause severe symptoms if you get a virus, like Coronavirus

*Learn more by vising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at:

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