Vaping and E-Cigarettes – Emerging Addiction Among Teens!

Nov 12, 2015 | Teens' Perspective and Reseearch

Vaping and E-Cigarettes – Emerging Addiction Among Teens!

Are you aware of the emerging addiction among teens? It is the called “Vaping” of E-Cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are basically the alternatives to traditional smoking. You can call E-cigarettes, the modern cigarettes as you don’t have to puff, it is inhaled. The process of vapor inhalation is coined as Vaping.  For vaping, nicotine is vaporized which diminishes the intake of other chemicals that burn with tobacco leave in the traditional smoking. But this doesn’t make E-cigarettes a safe edge.  According to the health experts:

  • Vapors of the e-cigarette contain known cancer-causing and other toxic chemicals.
  • Nicotine exposure impacts the brain and it can lead to other severe addictions
  • The liquid of E-cigarettes becomes the poison if drunk, sniffed or touched!

E-Cigarettes Can Entice Teen To Start Traditional Smoking:

The real definition of addiction says, “anything that you consume a little more to satisfy yourself is the addiction”. The same concept applies here. Starting with the E-cigarettes, teens introduce themselves to the taste of Nicotine. Once they start enjoying it, they increase the intake. Every little bit of this fun routine drags them to the big world of addictions. As per the research, “e-Cigarette use may serve as a “gateway” or introductory product for youth to try other tobacco products, including regular cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to early death.” This is not all. There are other alarming facts reported by the National Institue on Drug Abuse in the form of an infographic. Take a peek!

E-cig Infographic 1

The Boom of E-Cigarettes:

E-Cigarettes have emerged over the past decade and now its use is increasing especially among the teens. According to a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research,  “More than a quarter of a million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013”. A recent National Youth Tobacco Survey revealed that 13.4 percent of teens had used e-cigarettes in the month prior to being surveyed, three times the level from the year before (4.5 percent).

What amps the use of E-Cigarettes?

And now comes the question what amplifies this use? The answer is exposure and marketing. Have a look at the other part of the above-given infographic for an overview.

E-cig Infographic 2

The advertisements and other information about E-cigarettes are everywhere in the cyber world. A lot of teens come across the information and a single instinct to experiment e-cigarettes can make them take their first step to addiction. It is really important for parents to keep a check on what their teens consume online. They can monitor the websites they visit using monitoring apps and ensure their teens’ safety!

Monitor To Keep Your Teen Secure:

Keeping the teens secure is the first priority of every parent. To do that, parents should keep a check on what they do online and offline. Monitoring can help you stop your teen from making the wrong move instantly!

FamilyTime helps families manage and protect their children’s digital lives.

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