What is the Big Deal About Vaping?
One of our areas of focus is to prevent and reduce youth use of e-cigarettes.
Vaping is a growing trend among teens across the country
Vaping (Electronic cigarette) products are very high tech and sometimes hard to pick out. These are some of the products used by students in Stoughton.
Quick facts about Vaping
Vaping is inhaling / exhaling the aerosol (sometimes called vapor) produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
E-cigs / vaping devices produce AEROSOL (not water vapor) which contains harmful substances including nicotine, cancer causing chemicals and diacetyl the flavoring linked to “popcorn lung”.
Nicotine impacts the developing adolescent brain. Nicotine exposure in youth can lead to: lower impulse control, depression or mood disorders, disruption of the brain circuits that control learning and increased risk for future addiction to other drugs.
E-cigs can also be used to vape other substances, like marijuana.
Learn more from this fact sheet from the CDC or this Parent Guide from the Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Check out this episode of U-Knighted for a Healthy Stoughton where Mary Cole from the Greater Boston Tobacco Free Partnership shares current info on teens and vaping.