After years of declining nicotine use amongst teens, rates have
once again surged amongst young people thanks to
in four high school students now vapes.
To many teens, the devices look cool and sleek, not unlike how a
cigarette seemed glamorous long ago. They can be easily concealed
because they often look like flash drives, flashlights, or pens.
They also don’t emit the tell-tale odor of a traditional cigarette.
The discreet, even secretive, nature of vaping can give teens a
convenient thrill — along with a jolt of nicotine that reduces
stress and anxiety.
Those hits, however, can quickly turn to addiction, and teens
are prone to getting hooked on nicotine faster than adults, says
Susan Walley, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Section on Tobacco Control. That’s because teens’ brains aren’t
yet fully developed and, as a result, are more powerfully
influenced by a substance like nicotine. Read more…