"High vaping rates among youth and young adults have introduced a plethora of new terms and keeping up with the latest lingo can be difficult. If you are wondering what the young people in your life are talking about, here is a list of some popular words, phrases, products and general language used to refer to vaping/e-cigarette use."
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What Is Being Vaped?
It is important to understand that the term "vaping" actually refers to the device itself, which is used as a delivery system, and not to a specific substance. Many substances can be vaped using these devices. The most common are: e-liquids, flavored e-liquids with nicotine, and marijuana, all of which can have significant short and long-term health effects, especially when use begins during adolescence. The e-liquids come in small bottles, pre-filled cartridges, or pods.
- Flavored e-liquids come in thousands of flavors, including bubble gum, cotton candy and grape, but also hot dog, banana bread and King Crab legs.
- Flavored e-liquids may also contain different levels of nicotine, ranging from 2mg/ml to 59mg/ml. One of the more popular vape devices, Juul, contains 59mg/ml of nicotine in each pod. Each Juul pod is equal to one pack of cigarettes.
- Marijuana can be vaped in both the leaf form or using THC and/or CBD oil. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that creates a sense of being high.
More information can be found in the Parent & Guardian Resource Guide below, developed by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Is Vaping Safe?
"Vapor" sounds completely safe, but vaping doesn't use water vapor: It uses vape juice, also called e-juice or e-liquid, which is a mixture of chemicals suspended in vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. One of those chemicals is usually nicotine, the same stuff that makes cigarettes addictive. Vape juice will vary in the concentration of nicotine it contains, and these solutions also include other chemicals that users inhale into their lungs.
- Chemicals found in e-juice include acrolein, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, benzene, and ethylene oxide.
- Toxic metals found in e-juice include chromium, lead, manganese, nickel, and zinc.
- Flavoring agents used in vape juice can cause lung and DNA damage.
Specific Dangers for Young People
Some sources estimate that as many as five percent of middle-school students and up to 16 percent of high-school students have used electronic cigarettes recently, and those numbers keep growing. However, vaping isn't without its risks, particularly for young people whose bodies are still developing.
- Nicotine has been found to be harmful for the adolescent brain, causing learning and behavioral problems.
- Kids who use e-cigarettes have a higher rate of chronic bronchitis and asthma.
- E-liquids can poison children and adults if they are swallowed or touch the skin.
Recommendations for Users
Anyone who has been using electronic cigarettes may struggle with an addiction to nicotine. If this has already happened to you, you may need to get help from a medical professional or a treatment center that specializes in nicotine addiction. If you accidentally swallow e-liquid, call your local poison control center for help (800-222-1222).
- Stay away from electronic cigarettes if you've never used them before.
- If you vape and want to stop but can't, talk to your doctor about ways to break your addiction.
This complete guide and more information can be found at: https://www.playgroundequipment.com/protect-our-playgrounds-from-vaping-e-cigarettes/
Parent and Guardian Resource Guide:
What are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, or vape pens, are all different names for the same battery-operated device that people use to inhale nicotine, flavoring, or other chemicals. They often look like cigarettes, pipes, pens, or USB memory sticks, as can be seen below.
Can they help you stop smoking?
Some people think that e-cigarettes can help you stop smoking, but actually, there is not enough science to prove this.1 A study showed that students who have used e-cigarettes by the time they start 9th grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products within the next year, suggesting that e-cigarettes may actually encourage cigarette smoking in adolescents.2
What are the health effects?
The nicotine that can be found in e-cigarettes is absorbed into your bloodstream when inhaled, which then goes to your adrenal glands, located above your kidneys.1 These glands release adrenaline which increases your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.1 Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain. Addiction occurs because over time, the nicotine can change the way your brain works. If you stop using it, your body can get confused and you can start to feel really sick. This makes it hard to stop using these products even when you know it's bad for you.1
Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:
- ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs3
- flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease3
- volatile organic compounds3
- heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead3
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Cessation Resources for Youth & Young Adults
My Life, My Quit
At My Life, My Quit we share the truth about nicotine, vaping and other tobacco products. Text "Start My Quit" to 855.891.9989 or call to talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY.
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This is Quitting
For Youth and Young Adults:
This is Quitting is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. To enroll, teens and young adults text DITCHJUUL to 88709.
Cessation Resources for Adults
Are you a parent of a young person who vapes? Parents can text QUIT to (202) 899-7550 to sign up to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of vapers.
If you are an adult looking for support to quit vaping or stop using any tobacco product, our free digital quit smoking platform BecomeAnEX offers comprehensive web and mobile tools. Parents of vapers can also sign up for BecomeAnEX, where they can indicate that they are a parent of a young person who vapes, and access a supportive online community and a full interactive website of information about how nicotine addiction works and different approaches to quit. Register now at BecomeAnEX.org.
For more information visit: https://truthinitiative.org/thisisquitting
1. National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2. National Institutes on Health: national Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. Tobacco, Nicotine, & E-Cigarettes.
3. U.S. Surgeon General. Know the Risks. E-Cigarettes and Young People.
4. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Vapes and Cigarettes. Different products. Same dangers.