Why Are Teenagers Becoming Addicted (And Often Getting Very Sick From) Vaping?
“We were thinking about vapes just like we thought about cigarettes. Over time we realized no, no. This is something really different,” said Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She and other doctors said they believe they are witnessing for the first time the damage that repeated exposure to high levels of nicotine wreaks on young bodies. Although the phenomenon has yet to be described in medical literature, anecdotal evidence from leading addiction specialists in Boston and New York and from families grappling with adolescent e-cigarette addiction points to previously unseen consequences of use among teens. Several families have sued Juul, accusing it of causing nicotine addiction in their children and describing extreme addiction symptoms.
This is promoted via Instagram. It has been noted that because “something doesn’t taste like tobacco doesn’t mean it is safe”,Konkel (2017). It has been shown that flavors, for example cinnamon, can be more harmful when heated and inhaled. A suggestion has been made to eliminate all flavorings could be one way of dissuading our youth from trying e-cigarettes (Konkel, 2017).
This is why you often hear about people dying of an overdose soon after leaving rehab.
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