TALK to your kids about vaping:
ü Vaping is not harmless
ü Vaping increases exposure to harmful chemicals (formaldehyde, aluminum, tin, nickel, benzene)
ü Studies have shown that vaping leads to a nicotine addiction, which often leads to smoking traditional cigarettes
ü The long-term consequences of vaping are unknown
ü Vapes were invented to reduce the risk to smokers of regular cigarettes
ü Vapes are enticing non-smokers and young kids at alarming rates
Vapes or e-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale or “vape” into their lungs aerosolized liquid that contain nicotine, e-liquids, chemicals and can be used to vaporize marijuana (odorless). The term “juuling” comes from JUUL, a company that makes e-cigarettes that look like USB devices and plugs in to charge. These are very popular due to their size and sleek look. It is easy to hide from parents. Juuls seem to be the most popular device for young people.
Vapes or e-cigarettes come in many shapes, sizes and colours. Often times they are 3-4 inches in length and very slim. They resemble a longer thumb drive. They are small and very easy to hide. You can find the different devices online so you know what to look for.
These can be bought at many locations in Meadow Lake. The legal age to purchase vapes is 18. However, schools have seen kids as young as 11 years old vaping.
The pods (fluids) for Juuls all contain nicotine in varying amounts. Generally, one Juul pod has the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. They come in several flavours which attract consumers. It is important to note that while the devices are regulated, the fluids/pods are not. This means the chemicals in the fluids have not been approved and will vary by manufacturer.
The adolescent brain is extremely sensitive to nicotine, studies show that nicotine can interfere with memory and attention processing. Exposure to nicotine may cause reduced impulse control and cognitive and behavioral problems, concentration and anxiety.
There is no burning during vaping, instead the liquid is heated. This process can cause reactions that create new chemicals that have not been approved. Using vaping products with higher power and temperature settings can produce toxic combinations. In addition, vaping negatively impacts oral health (breakdown of enamel, soft tissue and dry mouth).
There are characteristics that can make vaping products hard to recognize or detect. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Liquids come in a variety of flavours and levels of nicotine and vaping may not have an odor. While vaping is less harmful than smoking, it is NOT harmless. Vaping causes the level of nicotine in the blood to peak higher than it does with traditional cigarettes! The alarming fact is-vaping is so new we do not know long-term effects of vaping. Talk to your kids about the health risks!
Written by: Thyra Berg BSW Positively Parenting Inc.
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