- The tobacco industry is poorly regulated, so there is no quality control with what goes into vapes.
- Vapes contain chemicals including formaldehyde – a carcinogen linked to increased cancer risk.
- The flavourings in vapes are approved for ingestion BUT not for inhaling.
- Studies show nicotine-free vapes do in fact contain nicotine from tobacco.
- Vapes contain nicotine salts, delivering a higher and more easily absorbable form of nicotine than cigarette smoking. This increases nicotine addictiveness
How vaping affects teens
- Short and long-term respiratory problems.
- The CDC has reported numerous deaths and hospitalisations from EVALI (e cigarette or vaping use associated lung injury) due to the additive vitamin E acetate in vapes.
- Negatively impacts the developing brain of teens.
Long-term effects of vaping
- Obstructed and inflamed airways
- Increased aortic stiffness
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- A new law is now in force where all vaping products require a prescription. As a result, teen vaping will likely go underground and become more expensive.
What makes vaping so enticing and addictive?
Nicotine causes the release of the following brain chemicals called
neurotransmitters which have positive effects on the brain and body:
Activates the reward centre of your brain which is how habits and addictions are formed.
Increases cognition and
Causes you to make your own morphine so decreases tension and anxiety.
Suppresses appetite and increases positive mood.
A drug gateway
Nicotine is the most addictive drug to humans and is considered a gateway drug to teens using other substances.
Vaping causes 80% of nicotine to go out into the air so if you’re sharing the air with someone vaping you’re inhaling that nicotine which can cause inflammation of the airways.
Nicotine and the brain
Nicotine exposure can lead to poor academic performance, behavioural disruptions including ADHD and aggression and higher risk of suicidal ideation and completion.
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