Teen vaping becomes a public health crisis

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Opinion

January 9, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Just as we’re getting a handle on teens and tobacco, up crops vaping.

Increasingly, teens are turning to e-cigarettes which combine high doses of nicotine with appealing flavors that are then heated to create a water vapor that is inhaled.

Popular brands such as Juul contain higher levels of nicotine than ordinary cigarettes. Nicotine is the substance in tobacco that not only makes it highly addictive but can also interrupt adolescent brain development. Also, inhaling the particles and chemicals associated with vaping products damages the lungs, much as with traditional cigarettes.

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