[This article is part of a youth ministry series we have been writing about for years. Click the link to check out all of the other articles we have here.]
Vaping is definitely the new fad for nicotine and with this new instrument, there are a lot of unknowns. This can be problematic for counselors and church leaders, especially for one of the most under-reported populations, teenagers.
Yes, teenagers are using vaping and using it a lot.
So we wanted to give you ten facts to arm yourself when talking with teenagers, teachers, and parents. Hopefully these are relevant for you and make you all the more wiser.
- E-cigarette use
increased78% among students during the last year. (CDC.gov)
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the addictive drug in other tobacco products. (Office of the Surgeon General)
- Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm brain development.
(Office of the Surgeon General)
- More than 1 in 4 high school seniors reported vaping in the last year. (National Institute of Health)
- A single vapor pod containing 200 puffs can have just as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. (University of Michigan)
- Vaping chemicals used in the liquids can be more concentrated and dangerous. (Science News For Students)
- In 2016, 1/3 of U.S. middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes had used marijuana in the e-cigarettes. (JAMA Pediatrics)
- Teens who vape are 4x more likely to use marijuana.
(University of Michigan)
- Students vape in parking lots, bathrooms, on the bus and even in classrooms.
- E-cigarettes require cleaning and can be used to consume illicit drugs. Borrowing another person’s vaporizer increases risk of exposure to illicit substance consumption.