Vaping & Underage Drinking

E-cigarette use among middle school students is also on the rise, jumping 48 percent from 2017 to 2018. Today, a total of 4.9 percent of middle school students—or 570,000 kids—are current e-cigarette users .Although e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, breathing in the second-hand vapor is not harmless. The aerosol from e-cigarettes contains many potentially harmful chemicals, including lead and other heavy metals. It also has flavorings including diacetyl, which has been linked to lung disease. Kids vape because it's trendy and they think it looks cool. Since the different flavors mask the taste of nicotine, it doesn't "feel nasty, like smoking a cigarette.  Vaping 'pumps' cancer-causing substances into the lungs. E-cigarettes have gained popularity as a "safer," and increasingly more fashionable, alternative to traditional cigarettes. ... Experts warn that vaping causes e-cigarette users to inhale dangerous quantities of cancer-causing substances. 

Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can affect brain development.  It can slow brain development in teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood.  Most have the addictive ingredient nicotine. The more kids vape, the more hooked they become. Kids who vape just once are more likely to try other types of tobacco. ... While a recent report found e-cigarettes are “less toxic” than cigarettes, most people who use e-cigarettes do not quit using cigarettes. 

Students should be warned about the dangers of tobacco and underage drinking. Evidence proves that if a person consume tobacco products on a daily basis you run a greater risk for cancer. The simplest solution is to never try smoking a Cigarette, E-cigarette, or trying smokeless tobacco for the first time. 

 Our philosophy is that you can't miss what you've never had! Most students take their first puff on a cigarette or their first dip to look cool or to impress their friends. But they should be informed that they may run the risk of addiction to tobacco by way of genetic predisposition. Many adults say that  they regret the day that they tried tobacco for the first time.