Monday, January 7, 2019

Vaping


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Since last year, we have been addressing the national vaping epidemic, by informing MPH families and students on the harms of vaping through open dialogue in the spirit of prevention, by encouraging students who could be vulnerable to seek adult support, and by enforcing our policy against smoking and vaping (Major School Rules, Paladium p 15). If you are seeking information on this subject, here is an excerpt of a comprehensive article on vaping from the NY State Department of Health, with a link to whole article at the end:


"Nicotine is Addictive and Dangerous for Youth and Young Adults

Most e-liquids contain nicotine, the highly addictive chemical in all tobacco products. Nicotine is harmful for young people.1 Nicotine can harm the developing brain of adolescents and young adults, which can:
  • lead to lower impulse control and mood disorders;
  • disrupt attention and learning among youth and young adults; and
  • prime the developing brain for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, such as cocaine.1

E-cigarette Aerosol is Harmful

The e-cigarette aerosol users inhale and exhale is not harmless water vapor. Some e-liquids are advertised as nicotine free, but this may not be true. With or without nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol is unsafe. E-cigarette aerosol can contain:
  • fine and ultrafine toxic particles that can interfere with the growth and work of the lungs and increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks;
  • heavy metals such as lead, tin and nickel;
  • chemicals used for flavoring such as diacetyl that can cause a serious lung disease commonly known as "popcorn lung"; and
  • volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause long-term health effects including cancer.1
Many of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke are also found in e-cigarette aerosol. They include:
  • formaldehyde, also found in embalming fluid;1,7
  • cadmium, used in batteries;1,8
  • benzene, found in gasoline;1,9 and
  • toluene, an industrial solvent.1,10"
Read the whole article here.
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