Nicotine is a dangerous substance for people of any age, especially for children as it has a lasting harmful impact on their brain development. Adolescence is the most vulnerable period of life when kids get easily swayed by negative influences. The exposure to nicotine, be it in the form of cigarette, cigar, hookah or e-cigarette, can promote tobacco abuse in them.
In today’s rapidly changing environment, the youth are more exposed to hazards which are potentially dangerous for normal functioning of their body. While experimenting with tobacco products, many teens get hooked on e-cigarettes, which have potential harmful effects. An analysis of the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey by a team of researchers from the University of Michigan revealed that some teens are inhaling marijuana in the garb of e-cigarettes.
Nearly 6 percent teens are extensively using e-cigarettes to inhale marijuana to get the characteristic “high,” said the researchers conducting the analysis of the MTF survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
In the 2015 survey, the researchers observed the vaping behavior of students of grades eight, 10 and 12. Nearly 6 percent were not aware of the substance they vaped in the recent past, another 6 percent admitted to using e-cigarettes to inhale marijuana, approximately 20 percent agreed to vaping nicotine and a whopping 65 percent revealed that they used these devices just for flavoring.
Clearly, the purpose of using e-cigarettes was not just limited to inhaling nicotine. A growing number of teens are using these devices to abuse other deadly substances like marijuana. Looking at the irregularity of e-cigarette usage among teens, the researchers urged to change the term Electronic Nicotine Delivery System related to e-cigarettes since these devices are being used to vape other substances as well.
They also suggested further research to understand the extent of harm done by these vaporizing devices. In addition, preventive programs addressing the harmful use of marijuana and nicotine are necessary to mitigate the problem, the researchers said.
Further, many teenagers who participated in the survey were not aware about the nicotine content that they were using in their vaporizers as most of the e-cig product labels are elusive and do not give the accurate information about the ingredients.
In response to previous studies that highlighted the role of e-cig devices in introducing harmful cancer-causing chemicals into the body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put a break on the sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers from August 2016.
According to another related study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology in 2016, apart from 27 other chemicals, e-cigarettes contain cancer-causing substances such as glycerin and propylene glycol, which lead to the production of artificial smoke. “Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy,” said Hugo Destaillats, a Berkeley Lab researcher and the lead author of the study.
Today, children are more exposed to addictive substances like marijuana, cocaine or heroin than ever before, establishing the need for preventive programs to restrain them from getting entrapped by them.
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