• Most youth do not know the ingredients in these products.
• Most vaping products contain nicotine. Even products that claim they are nicotine-free may contain nicotine due to lack of regulation.
• Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the brain, as it is still developing up to age 25.
• Teen nicotine use increases the likelihood of future drug use, including tobacco products and marijuana.
• Can be modified for audience (teen, parent, professional, etc.) and flexible time constraints.
E-liquids are NOT water vapor and flavoring, they are non-FDA regulated, flavored aerosols.
+ Heavy Metals such as Lead and Nickel that can build-up in the body to fatal levels.
+ Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical component used in the embalming process.
+ Addictive Drugs such as Nicotine and THC (marijuana), that are known to cause brain changes, most harmful to adolescents.
Reports of serious lung damage, known as “popcorn lung” and “wet lung”, have been cited after only brief use of vapor devices.
+ According to the CDC, cannabis use may have long-lasting or permanent effects on the developing adolescent brain. Negative effects include:
– Difficulty with critical thinking skills like attention, problem solving and memory
Impaired reaction time and coordination, especially as it relates to driving
– Decline in school performance
Increased risk of mental health issues including depression or anxiety and in some cases, psychosis where there is a family history of it
– Research also shows that about one in six teens who repeatedly use cannabis can become addicted, as compared to one in nine adults
Cannabis (marijuana) is a mind-altering psychoactive drug derived from the Cannabis plant, containing over 400 chemicals including THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is considered the main psychoactive-inducing compound.
Cannabis is currently a federally illegal (Schedule I) drug, and is recreationally illegal in most States. Over the past decade, cannabis has become increasingly accessible for medical purposes, although the U.S. FDA has not approved this drug for medical benefit.
Cannabis is considered the most widely abused illicit drug in the United States, and ranked as the second highest use in the world. However, impacts on public health and law enforcement have raised concerns related to newly adopted or considered cannabis policies on State and Local levels.
TEENS AT RISK
+ E-cigarette use among middle and high school students has rapidly increased.
+ More than 2 million middle school, high school and college students use the battery-powered devices to heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable aerosol.
+ Teens are now smoking e-cigarettes more than traditional cigarettes.
+ E-cigarettes are by far the most popular tobacco product among teens: Nearly 12% of high school students and 3% of middle school students used the device in the past 30 days (2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey).
+ The FDA is currently investigating businesses that may be targeting youth.
+ Sweet/flavored odors on their clothing, backpacks, or lingering in the bathroom or bedroom
+ Generalized symptoms of vaping, such as mouth sores or infections, chronic respiratory inflammation and dry eyes.
+ Marijuana (THC/CBD) and other drugs will have additional symptoms that may include odor, and behaviors such as confusion, memory lapse, delayed reaction time, etc.
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