Think Vaping is Harmless? Think Again.
What you need to know about E-cigs and Vaping
Tobacco companies are targeting kids with flavored products and it’s working. Twenty-one percent of North Dakota kids are now vaping or juuling, and these products contain dangerous levels of nicotine.
What kids don’t know, is what nicotine really is — an addictive drug that affects brain development and can lead to other tobacco use. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 99 percent of e-cigarettes sold in U.S. convenience stores, supermarkets and similar outlets contained nicotine.
The younger the developing brain is exposed to nicotine, the stronger and more rapid the addiction. The earlier someone becomes addicted, the harder it is to quit.
The rapid rise in the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products caused the U.S. Surgeon General to issue a rare public health advisory calling for more restrictions to battle this issue.
What is vaping?
The term ‘vaping’ is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.
- A Juul pod contains 59 mg of nicotine per ml (0.7 ml volume) = 200 puffs
- A pack of cigarettes contains 8 – 20 mg of nicotine = 200 puffs
- Juuls have about 2.5 times as much nicotine as high-nicotine cigarettes
Is ‘Juuling’ safe?
Here are some of the known ingredients of E-cigarettes:
- Diacetyl (linked to “popcorn lung” or bronchiolitis obliterans)
- Heavy metals (including nickel, tin, chromium and lead)
- Volatile organic compounds
- Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deeply in the lungs
Find out more about what you can do to educate others on e-cigarettes and vaping.