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The Real Cost of Vaping

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The NIDA Blog Team

Since 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.

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