What you need to know about the youth vaping epidemic.
Protect our kids from a lifetime of addiction
E-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco product among middle and high school students.
The issue? Just like cigarettes and dip, e-cigarettes contain the addictive chemical nicotine — and lots of it. JUUL, the leading e-cigarette company, developed a process that gets more nicotine into every pod. Now every JUUL pod sold has as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes.
E-cigarettes and “vapes” are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid solution (often flavored) to produce a smoke-like aersol inhaled by the user. They usually use “pods,” which are replaceable cartridges that contain the burnable liquid or “juice.”
Studies show that the human brain is still developing until age 25, with the fastest growth happening during the teen years. Adding nicotine to the mix? That’s a recipe for long-term damage.
Introducing nicotine to the teen mind can cause:
- mood swings
- learning difficulties
The worst part? This damage can last for the rest of their lives. Make sure your kids know the risk.
Poison in Plain Sight
Big Tobacco’s business depends on getting lifelong consumers. That’s why they’ve put a big target on our kids. Their tactic of choice? Kid-friendly flavorings.
Cotton candy. Rainbow sherbet. Unicorn Puke. Skimming popular vape flavors reveals a trend: they’re made for people with a particular palette. Flavored e-cigarettes encourage kids to start, and with over 15,000 flavors on the market today, they might never stop.
Flavors are only the beginning. Many vape companies wrap their products in packaging that looks more like dessert than poison.
Vape products can even fool adults. Many vapes are shaped like school supplies, and they’re small enough to hide in bookbags and purses. That makes them dangerously easy to hide from parents and teachers.
Can you tell the difference?
Easy to Get. Hard to Quit.
Oklahoma’s laws prohibit the sale of vape products to anyone under 18 – but kids are still getting them.
Without proper enforcement, kids can get hooked for life – and no one is held accountable.
Is Your Kid Vaping?
Addiction is not a phase. Look out for these signs of e-cigarette use in your home.
- Artificially sweet smell
- Increased thirst
- Caffeine sensitivity
- Unfamiliar batteries or chargers
Know What Vaping Looks Like
Now you know the risks. Make sure they do too. Talk to your kids about addictive e-cigarettes.