We have all heard of vaping and probably know someone who vapes. However, as stated by the National Institute of Health, “About 37% of 12th graders reported vaping in 2018, compared with 28% in 2017.” This data is only to grow in 2020.
1) The brain is still developing until about age 25. Using nicotine as a teen could be harmful to your brain.
2) Using nicotine may make it harder for you to learn or to control your impulses.
3) Nicotine may cause you to become more easily addicted to harder drugs.
4) E-cigarettes that don’t contain nicotine still contain other harmful chemicals that are bad for your brain and your body.
If you think your friend is vaping, there are signs you can look for.
1) Smelling sweet. E-cigarettes don’t put off the same odor as a traditional cigarette. They may smell like a variety of flavors, such as bubble gum or fruit.
2) Having bloodshot eyes. There aren’t many physical signs that a teen is vaping, but bloodshot eyes can be a clue.
3) Being irritable. If your friend is moodier than usual, it could be a sign of nicotine withdrawal.
4) Getting nosebleeds. Vaping causes the skin inside the nose to dry out. So, teens who vape tend to get nosebleeds more frequently, especially in the winter.
5) Being thirsty. There is some evidence that propylene glycol found in e-cigarettes increases thirst.
6) Experiencing caffeine sensitivity. Vaping can cause more sensitivity to caffeine and result in jitteriness, anxiety, and moodiness when combining vape pens and coffee.
7) Having a persistent cough. Vaping harms a teen’s lungs and can make breathing difficult.
If your friend is constantly coughing, you may want to investigate. You can help your friend by looking for opportunities to bring up the subject of vaping naturally. Strike up a conversation when you see someone vaping, pass an e-cigarette shop, or see any vaping products your friend may possess. Discuss with your friend the hazards of vaping.
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