Be A Vape Free Teen
As a teen, it’s important to prioritize your health and make decisions that will positively impact your future. One decision that can have long-term health consequences is using vaping products. Vaping, or using e-cigarettes, has become increasingly popular among teenagers but can have serious health risks.
By choosing to be a vape-free teen, you are making a decision to prioritize your health and well-being. If you are struggling with peer pressure or addiction to e-cigarettes, talk to a trusted adult or healthcare provider for support and resources to help you quit. Remember, it’s never too late to make a positive change in your health.
Five Reasons Why You Should Be Vape Free
Here are some reasons why you should be a vape-free teen
- Vaping can damage your lungs: The chemicals in e-cigarettes can cause lung damage, including inflammation and scarring. Vaping can sometimes lead to serious lung conditions such as popcorn lung or respiratory failure.
- Nicotine addiction: Many vaping products contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Using e-cigarettes can lead to nicotine addiction, which can make it difficult to quit later on. Nicotine can also have negative effects on brain development in teenagers.
- Unknown long-term effects: E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, and the long-term health effects are not yet fully understood. However, early research suggests that there may be long-term consequences to using these products, including an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Social pressure: While vaping may seem cool or popular among your peers, it’s important to remember that you have the power to make your own decisions. Don’t let social pressure push you into doing something that could have negative consequences for your health.
What’s in your vape?
Don’t Get Vaped In
A ‘vape’ is the term used to describe the delivery mechanism of products such as JUUL, nicotine, e-juices, THC, and alcohol. E-liquids are NOT water vapor and flavoring, and they are non-FDA-regulated, flavored aerosols. WOULD YOU SPRAY AEROSOL IN YOUR MOUTH?
What’s in your vape?
– Diacetyl is the chemical associated with the disease “popcorn lung.”
– Heavy Metals such as Lead and Nickel that can build up in the body to fatal levels.
– Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical component used in the embalming process.
– Addictive Drugs such as Nicotine and THC (marijuana) that are known to cause brain changes are most harmful to adolescents.
Diacetyl is a chemical that gives butter-like and other flavors to food products, including popcorn.
Reports of serious lung damage, known as “popcorn lung” and “wet lung,” have been cited after only briefly using vapor devices.
99% of all vaping products contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug.
Vaping Teens who have never used tobacco products are 3x more likely to start smoking cigarettes.
Teens are overdosing from vaping THC in our community. One teen was Medevaced for emergency care (2019).According to the CDC, cannabis use may have long-lasting or permanent effects on the developing adolescent brain. Negative effects include:
– Difficulty with critical thinking skills like attention, problem-solving, and memory
Impaired reaction time and coordination, especially as it relates to driving
– Decline in school performance
Increased risk of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety and, in some cases, psychosis where there is a family history of it
– Research also shows that about one in six teens who repeatedly use cannabis can become addicted, as compared to one in nine adults