Teen Vaping: The Silenced Epidemic
As most of the world consciously takes steps to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus, millions of youth are voluntarily inhaling aerosols that could increase the risk of developing a serious case of the deadly virus by vaping.
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). It simulates tobacco smoking. One vape pod contains the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Vape products with sweet, fruity flavors often appeal to teens who have found access to the products through friends and online. Furthermore, vape products may be easily hidden from parents or teachers, as they often look like every-day objects, such as pens or USB sticks.
Nicotine is highly addictive and can affect the developing brain. “Youth e-cigarette use remains an epidemic,” stated Dr. Robert R. Redfield, principal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaping has been linked to serious lung illnesses and even death. Vaping exposes the lungs to a variety of damaging chemicals causing lung disease symptoms including, among other symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named this dangerous, newly identified lung disease linked to vaping, EVALI. In the most serious cases of EVALI, treatment has involved intubation and mechanical ventilation because the patient cannot breathe on their own.
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