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Vaping Me Crazy

Vaping Prevention for Kids

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VAPING ME CRAZY

“Youth E-Cigarette and Vaping Prevention”

The complete misunderstood fixation of the Vape and the JUUL by adolescents
The susceptibility of the adolescent brain to this dangerous stimulant
The systemic dangers to the brain and body that is completely underestimated
The Tri-Fecta Gateway of Nicotine, Alcohol and Marijuana

In 2022 among the youth, 14.1% (2.14 million) High School student and 3.3% (380,000) Middle School students reported current use of vapes. In a recent survey of kids 37% of kids stated they had no idea they were inhalingnicotine when vaping on a trendy little device – the JUUL.

25% of teens surveyed don’t even call what they’re doing, “Vaping”, they call it “JUULing”. They literally don’t consider it the same thing, and most don’t even consider it dangerous. Many teens and young adults don’t even know they’re inhaling an addictive substance – nicotine. The FDA didn’t even require these products to contain a warning label for nicotine until September 2018.

Another GRAVE Danger is the ease in which kids can get Liquid THC, which many people mistakenly refer to as liquid marijuana. There is also a plethora of websites and kits to turn any and every e-liquid into a THC-liquid.

Now much of America mistakenly believes that marijuana is harmless, and this in turn has misled youth to believe the same thing. However, we are NOT talking about marijuana here. We are talking about a genetically modified, commercialized, synthetic drug that is a super-high potency THC; and youth are ingesting it without ANY understanding of what it will do to their brain and body.

As with other activities, teenagers are prone to try new things with their friends.  This includes sharing vaping products that their friends may have bought. Many states don’t have age restrictions for vape purchases, causing kids to believe that these products are not harmful to them. Recently in 2022, vapes have become more prominent to be laced with Fentanyl. Some of the dangers of vapes are as follows:

  • It can alter nerve cell functioning in teen development
  • Each JUUL pod is equal to 200 cigarette puffs. That’s like smoking a PACK-A-DAY.
  • Vaping lowers the body’s ability to fight infections.
  • Lithium ion-powered vapes can blow up.
  • Levels of nicotine are completely lacking ANY control or quality.
  • Metal particles and metal traces can be deadly when inhaled or ingested.
  • Vape is a mixture of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, various flavorings and other chemicals.
  • Pneumonia is a much higher risk among vape users.
  • Early studies show a much higher association to depression among vape users.

Common side effects of vaping include:

  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Dry/sore mouth and throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleepiness
  • Eye irritation
  • Weakened taste
  • Burning or scratchy feeling in mouth, lips and throat

Serious and possible long term vaping side effects may include:

  • Nicotine addiction
  • Severe lung injury
  • Seizures
  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP), formerly known as idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP)
  • Popcorn lung
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Oral and lung cancer.

QUITTING

Vaping is a NATIONAL CRISIS! We MUST ACT NOW!
IT IS TIME TO EDUCATE AND EMPOWER THE KIDS

We absolutely cannot treat vaping as ONLY a legal issue – even with THC and other illicit drugs in them.

We MUST treat this as a medical issue because IT IS ONE – no different than Smoking Cessation which is considered PRIMARY PREVENTION.

VAPING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN CIGARETTES. In truth, even 2ND hand vape exhalation is more dangerous to bystanders than 2nd hand cigarette smoke. There are MORE carcinogens and MORE toxins being exhaled from a vaper into the immediate environment.

VAPING IS HARDER TO QUIT THAN CIGARETTES. The reason for this is that the concentration and TYPE of nicotine in vaping devices are MUCH HIGHER than cigarettes. The impact on the brain is more powerful causing a greater risk of dependency and addiction. Most vaping is among adolescents and with their brain not being fully developed, they’re more susceptible to addiction.

WAYS TO GO ABOUT QUITTING:

  1. Share your decision to quit vaping. 
    When you impart your desire and efforts to change a habit, those changes are not only likely to become permanent; they become an inspiration for your entire peer group. We are social beings, and we respond to social cues. TELL YOUR LOVED ONES AND ENLIST SUPPORT!
  2. Believe in Yourself
    Sounds cliché but this is paramount. Kids MUST believe they have the power to quit, and the strength to conquer the addiction.
  3. Break down the nicotine routine.
    Write down in a log when vaping occurs and why you do it. Then develop the “how.”
  4. Break the habit by looking at habitual downfalls.
    Habits are easier to break with a plan. Developing the tools and utilizing the skills to execute the plan are KEY. Consider a “test run” for a day or two at a time.
  5. Reduce usage and nicotine levels.
    Drop the levels of nicotine and the number of times each day. Then adjust the number of days each week until you don’t need it anymore.
  6. Replace it with something else.
    Buy gum, hard candies, toothpicks and mints to fight cravings and urges.
  7. Continue to fight the cravings.
    Drink HIGH PH+ waters, Gatorade, Powerade, and other high sugar drinks when cravings arise.  Eat high cocoa chocolate, high carb and sugar snacks when cravings come on.
  8. Develop coping skills.
    Find other things to do. Starting journaling, reading, listen to music, meditate, pray, breathing exercises, yoga, working out, running/walking, or group support. Develop new habits and behaviors. Make a list of things you can do to cope and USE THEM.
  9. Make the Mental Shift.
    Focus on the positive and picture the future YOU. Literally imagine yourself VAPE FREE!
  10. Distance yourself from peers who continue vaping.
    You must, must, must not hang around people who still vape and won’t stop. Friends who don’t respect your decision to quit, are not your friends. Lean on positive people. Commit and re-commit every day as to WHY you are quitting. Celebrate your WINS!  You can do it! Students, parents and educators MUST understand that vaping is harder to quit than cigarettes. For these kids who still have undeveloped brains, the vaping products contain a HIGHER CONCENTRATION level of nicotine (SaltNic). There are no products on the market that have ever been tested on KIDS! This is a medical issue, yet we are not treating it as one. Find out more and what you can do to stop vaping in our youth.