Juuling and Vaping: Get the Facts
Parents want what’s best for their children, but sometimes what they don’t know really can hurt the children. Below parents will find valuable information and resources to inform themselves about nicotine products that have been marketed as “safe” or “safer.” Discover the facts behind e-cigarettes / vaping / Juuling.
Facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among teens: in 2018, over 20 percent of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.
- Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development, which continues until about age 25.
- Juuling supplies stronger concentrations of nicotine in a shorter time than traditional cigarettes.
- Some youth report waking up and Juuling / vaping during the night because they are so addicted they can’t make it through the night without nicotine.
- Youth are uniquely vulnerable to the nicotine in e-cigarettes because their brains are still developing.
- The solution and vapor from e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, some of which cause cancer.
- Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future.
- E-cigarette solutions can poison children and adults through swallowing or skin contact.
- A young child can be killed by very small amounts of nicotine: less than half a teaspoon. Because of this, liquid nicotine is required to be sold in childproof packaging.
- Calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in the last five years.
- Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include sweating, dizziness, vomiting, and increased heart rate.
- If exposure to liquid nicotine occurs, call the local poison center at 1-800-222-1222!
Use the CDC’s Parent Tip Sheet to help you talk to children about the risks of Juuling / e-cigarettes.