Vaping. Maybe you’ve seen young kids doing it — and maybe you wished you had more definitive information about the ways in which it’s a health risk. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and Natural High is here to cut through the clutter.
New ways to smoke, new stuff to smoke, and evolving legal guidelines make it tougher to teach kids to just say no. Read the full article here.
Tip: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes
Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.
Tip of the Week: Nicotine is addictive – 3 out of 4 teens who start using in high school will continue to use as adults
Vaping nicotine rewires the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control. It reduces athletic ability to focus completely, slowing your reaction time. Nicotine also interferes with lung function – narrowing blood vessels and making your heart work harder than it should.
Tip of the Week: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because your brain is still developing and can expose you to toxic substances and nicotine.
Exposure to nicotine and toxic substances in vaping devices can cause your breathing to become rapid and shallow, as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure. The vapor can contain volatile organic compounds, flavoring such as diacetyl which is a chemical linked to a serious lung disease and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Nicotine use can also rewire the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control.
At Healthy Lincoln County in Damariscotta we have been working to provide parents with more resources on vaping. Over the past year vaping has taken over middle and high schools across the nation. In this short video, parents can learn about the most popular vaping device, JUUL. Know how it works, what to look for, and how you can prevent your child from getting hooked. #KnowledgeIsPower
Posted by Healthy Lincoln County on Monday, January 14, 2019