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The Real Cost of Vaping

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The NIDA Blog Team

Update (Sept. 2019): Reports of Deaths Related to Vaping

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has alerted the public to thousands of reports of serious lung illnesses associated with vaping, including dozens of deaths.​ (For more details, read this blog post.) They are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the cause of these illnesses. Until more is known, FDA officials have warned people not to use any vaping products bought on the street, and they warn against modifying any products purchased in stores. The FDA is asking people and health professionals to report any negative effects. The CDC has posted an information page for consumers. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Since vaping products like JUUL (also known as e-cigarettes) appeared on the scene, they’ve been getting more and more popular with teens. About 7 years ago, 10 percent of high school students had tried e-cigarettes. In 2017, close to 28 percent of high school seniors said they’d used e-cigs in the past year.

Even though they don’t produce tobacco smoke like regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes are not harmless. When you vape, you’re inhaling several poisonous chemicals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about a teen vaping epidemic in America. The FDA also wants to educate teachers and parents about certain products that are designed to look like flash drives and are easily hidden from teachers in schools.

There’s also a process underway to review the use of flavorings used in e-cigs. E-cig flavorings are popular with teens, but they bring health risks of their own. Many years ago, the FDA banned the use of flavorings in regular cigarettes, and they could do the same with e-cigs.

Check out the public service announcement below. It’s from the FDA’s Real Cost campaign about the e-cigarette epidemic. In the comments, tell us what you think.

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my friend is addicted to vape, what should i do?

It sounds like you care for your friend. You should share with him your concerns because drug use can have serious consequences. Listen to him without making judgments. And share scientific information about what vaping can do to a person. Get the latest on how e-cigarettes and nicotine affect the brain and body here: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/tobacco-nicotine-e-cigarettes. Once your friend understands how e-cigarettes affect the brain, body, and life, it might open his eyes.

You could also talk with your parents, a trusted adult, or the school guidance counselor for advice.

your should try to help them no be addicted and make sure that you yourself don't start vaping aswell.
My dog ate a vape what do i do?

We recommend you take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Hello, I'm doing a story about vaping for my class. Can you tell me some of the things some schools are doing to combat vaping?

Great idea for a class story! During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), some schools held events about vaping. You can find out more on the NDAFW events and highlights page: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/view-events.... You might also be interested in checking out the NDAFW toolkit on e-cigarettes: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/get-activit....

What are health care causes of e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are fairly new products. They’ve only been around for about ten years, so researchers are in the early stage of studying how they affect your health.

For more information, you might be interested in reading these blog posts:



How long do long do you have to be smoking a e cigarette to start experiencing the irreversible side effects?

Great question, Al. Because e-cigarettes are fairly newer products (they’ve only been around for about ten years), scientists are in the early phases of studying how they affect someone’s health. The short answer is that we don’t know yet how long it takes for someone to experience irreversible effects from vaping. We do know that vaping nicotine affects the development of the brain’s reward system, so continued e-cigarette use can lead to nicotine addiction. For more information, visit our Drug Facts page on tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarettes: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/tobacco-nicotine-e-cigarettes.

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