• Angie Waldman

The truth about e-cigarettes


Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. This is very unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. Nicotine is highly addictive and people who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke cigarettes or use other drugs later in life. Nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, specifically in relation to attention, learning, mood and impulse control.


Many adolescent e-cigarette users don’t realize they are inhaling nicotine. In a recent study, researchers found that “40% of teens who thought they were using nicotine-free products had positive urine sample tests”. In 2018, it was estimated that 1 in every 5 high school students and 1 in every 20 middle school students used e-cigarettes. Parents, please get involved and talk with your child. If you have any concern about their use of e-cigarettes or getting them to stop and need additional help, please contact the office and schedule an appointment. Your providers at Mercy Christian Health are happy to discuss the gravity of e-cigarette use on your child’s current and future health.


References:

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/surgeon-general-advisory/pdfs/surgeon-generals-advisory-on-e-cigarette-use-among-youth-2018-h.pdf

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/vaping-teens-exposed-much-nicotine-tobacco-smokers-don-t-know-n996866

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