Vaping is Harming Our Youth

What is Vaping? 

Vaping is a new tobacco product that has taken our community by storm. People can come across it everywhere, from schools to our community centers. It seems to be more and more accepted in society and is quickly becoming a fad that the youth want to partake in. It would almost seem out of the ordinary to not have encountered a vaping product due its rapidly increasing popularity amongst youth.

E-cigarettes are devices that use heat to create an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. Typically, the liquid contains flavoring, nicotine, and other chemicals. Just like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain addictive nicotine. Because nicotine is present in the majority of e-cigarettes, they are classified as tobacco products and considered just as addictive as cigarettes. 

The teenage years are a critical period for brain development. Brain development starts in the womb throughout the fetus’s growth and continues throughout childhood until roughly 25. Exposure to nicotine in adolescence and early adulthood can damage the growing brain and lead to addiction.

Many of our youth are currently using these products due to the misinformed belief that it is not harmful. Some youth also believe that it is not a tobacco product and is not detrimental to their health like cigarettes or other tobacco products. Young folks are big fans of e-cigarettes because of their discreet design. Over the past five years, their use has increased significantly. E-cigarettes are becoming more popular among high school students than traditional smoking. Adults are less likely than high school students to use e-cigarettes.

What can we do?

The biggest problem adults and parents are facing when it comes to their youth vaping is that they don’t know enough about the practice and the products themselves. The best way to address this problem is to bring awareness to the issue and provide them with the basic information they need to combat this vaping problem amongst our youth. Educating ourselves includes knowing what vaping products look like, feel like, and the dangers associated with them.

While the biggest problem adults are facing with vaping is a lack of awareness, it is the complete opposite for the youth. Ever since vaping gained popularity some years ago, it has increasingly become more of a stable product amongst the younger crowd. It would almost seem that it is a trend that everyone must participate in and if not, one would feel as if they are either missing out or being judged by their peers. Peer pressure often results in youth succumbing to the trend in an attempt to fit in with their peers.

If you find yourself feeling pressured or bullied into vaping in order to please your friends, that would be a good sign that you may need to find a new group of friends. True friends would want the best for you and respect your decisions and values. If these sentiments are not being provided by your current group of friends, cutting ties with them may be a healthier route.

What resources are available for people who are using?

For Minnesotans who are using tobacco products, QuitPartner is a free resource that will help guide you through each step of the quitting and recovery process. Counselors are available for both youth and adults. The service can be anonymous. Here is the contact information for QuitPartner: Website:, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)

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