Vaping has been all over the news recently, and unfortunately this does not mean the quality and accuracy of the information people are taking in is entirely trustworthy. We’ve decided to lay out a few facts to help clear the air.
So, is vaping bad for you? The health risks of vaping in Lubbock, TX can’t be overstated—not just because it’s bad for everyone, but because teens are less likely to think of it as a problem. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has explicitly stated that vaping is unsafe for youth, pregnant women and the elderly. That’s because e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance.
Unfortunately, minors and vaping are a toxic—and prevalent—combination. Over 3 million middle and high-schoolers use e-cigarettes. Worse, they think vaping is mostly harmless, since it doesn’t emit the clouds of stinky, toxic smoke that traditional cigarettes do.
What is vaping?
What makes up an e-cigarette, anyway? “Vaping” refers to the fact that a liquid is heated up enough to produce vapors, which are then inhaled. Vaping devices rely on batteries, which power the heating elements. The contents can be confusing—you may have heard it referred to as “vape juice” or “oil,” among other terms, and it can contain anything from nicotine to marijuana to flavoring compounds. They are often highly concentrated, allowing the user to inhale a much higher concentration of nicotine than they might have from traditional cigarettes.
They do contain fewer chemicals than regular paper cigarettes, but that has led to the misconception that they’re somehow safer. They’re not. Moreover, for minors, vaping is illegal. However, studies have shown that the number one reason children try vaping is because of their flavored component.
Health dangers of vaping
Aside from the dangers of nicotine—which most of us are well aware of—vaping can present additional health concerns. Although it’s early in the research stages, scientists have found hundreds of cases of severe respiratory illnesses associated with e-cigarettes and vape pens. Patients can present various symptoms, including coughing, chest pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and fever.
Although more research is required, doctors suspect that the chemicals present in vaping devices are to blame for these illnesses. Worse yet, using a vaping device significantly increases the risk that a teen will move on to traditional tobacco cigarettes later.
Ultimately, parents should sit down with their children and explain the very real health dangers of vaping to their kids. They’ve likely grown up with anti-smoking campaigns, so it’s incumbent upon their responsible adults to teach them that vaping isn’t much better than smoking cigarettes. No matter what it tastes like, the risks simply aren’t worth it.
Meet with a lawyer in Lubbock, TX
If the health risks from vaping in Lubbock, TX have caught up with a member of your family, you deserve the legal help you need. At the Law Office of Rob Biggers, we practice West Texas values and bring expert, reliable legal representation to clients facing a wide range of legal issues. We specialize in family law, criminal law and DUI/DWI, and always strive to achieve the best possible legal outcomes for our clients. Get in touch today to arrange a consultation.
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