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E-Cigarettes Are Dangerous

E-Cigarettes are now considered dangerous and might be more dangerous than regular cigarettes.  The previously non-nicotine option is now a close alternative to regular smoking and also has nicotine.  In the United States, this was already called an epidemic among young adults.

The U.S. Surgeon General declared the use of e-cigarettes among youths an epidemic. In an advisory, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents and teachers should educate themselves about e-cigarettes and discuss the dangers with their children. Health professionals should also ask about the use of the devices when screening patients for tobacco use. The declaration comes as the e-cigarette industry is under increasing scrutiny from the federal government. - LinkedIn Daily Rundown 2018-12-19

Why is E-cigarette Dangerous?

E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it, and other additives. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes is addictive. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco.

Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:

  • ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
  • volatile organic compounds
  • heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead

E-cigarettes and Youth Don't Mix

Adolescent years are times of important brain development. Brain development begins during the growth of the fetus in the womb and continues through childhood and to about age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain.

E-cigarettes are very popular with young people. Their use has grown dramatically in the last five years. Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults.

No matter how it's delivered, nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults.

Share this article and tell your friends to quit e-cigarettes now!

Reference: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

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