Teen vaping is not what you think it is, researchers say

From The Washington Post:

If you’re the parent of a teen and you’ve been reading the headlines lately, you might have heard about findings showing that teens are vaping at “record levels” because it “looks cool,” even though ”vape culture” can be dangerous to their health.

And this is probably worrisome, because you know that vaping leads to smoking, and smoking cigarettes leads to smoking marijuana, and marijuana leads to heroin, and heroin leads to nothing, because now you’re dead. Vaping vigilance is warranted, the story goes, because the road to drug dependency is paved with”Blue Razzle Berry Vape Juice.”


Well, maybe not so fast. A new study published this week in the journal Tobacco Control provides some clarity as to what, exactly, your teen is smoking when they puff away on Saturday Morning Cereal Vape Juice.

First, a word on what exactly vaping is and how it works. “Vaping” is the popular term for using electronic cigarettes or vaporizers — devices that heat up small quantities of liquid or oil until they produce an inhalable vapor. Vaporizer liquids — “vape juice” to the cool kids — come in a variety of flavors. Some of these juices contain nicotine, others contain marijuana or its active ingredient, THC. Many juices contain no drugs at all, and retailers often allow users to customize the amount — or lack thereof — of nicotine in the juices they buy.

And as it turns out, the overwhelming majority of teens who experiment with vaping — about two-thirds of them — use only the flavored vaping juices that contain absolutely no nicotine, marijuana or other drugs. The findings “suggest that the recent rise in adolescent vaporiser use …

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