Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because their brain is still developing and can expose them 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.

Vaping & Cannabis Trends Among Young Adults (19-22)

  • Past month nicotine vaping rose dramatically over 3 years
  • Past month cannabis vaping increased among non-college young adults in 2019
  • Past year cannabis remained at historic highs
  • Daily cannabis use was more common among non-college young adults in 2019

View the infographic here.



Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: The lungs are designed for breathing in oxygen, not substances delivered by a vaping device.

Lung damage occurs because the substance remains at the bottom of the lung. This impacts the total amount of oxygen your lungs can access, therefore impacting your athletic performance.

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month: Teen Vaping Data

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more about youth vaping trends and why they say they choose to use. Data is from the The National Institute on Drug Abuse – NIDA.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.

Youth, Vaping and COVID-19

The Drug Free America Foundation reports, “While youth are presumably at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing complications from the virus, these findings suggest that this presumption is not true among youth and young adults who vape. These findings are especially concerning as youth return to school, as sharing vaping devices is a common practice. Because the virus can be transmitted through touching the hands to the mouth and face, vaping could contribute to youth falling ill or spreading COVID-19.”

To view a resource related to vaping and COVID-19, visit:…/2…/05/Vaping-Smoking-and-COVID-19.pdf

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Vaping Among Teens

Vaping devices are popular among teens and are now the most commonly used form of nicotine among youth in the U.S. Some research shows that many teens do not even realize that vaping cartridges contain nicotine, and assume the pods contain only flavoring. Learn more here!

Photo of an e-pipe, e-cigar, tank devices, and rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes.




Confronting the Vaping Epidemic

Matt Bellace, PhD, Psychologist and Comedian, talks about the dangers of vaping in a clear and easy-to-understand way. He conveys the seriousness of the consequences and also provides a positive and hopeful approach to choosing not to vape.