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
Thank you to our Coalition member, Jill Frame, from Yarmouth High School for participating in this MaineHealth Vaping Prevention panel. She was joined by experts, Tina Pettengill (moderator) from MaineHealth, Kristen McAuley, Center for Tobacco Independence and Nikki Jarvais of Rinck Advertising. View their presentation below which highlights: What your teens likely already know about vaping and what young Mainers are telling our panelists about how they are using these products. You will also see some of the most common devices, receive tips from a local high school substance abuse counselor on how to talk to teens about vaping and get the latest information on Maine law regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and usage among Maine teens. Get your questions answered so you can be better prepared to talk to the teens in your life.