E-Cigarettes and Teens.
E-Cigarettes are an ongoing issue among not just adults, but also teens. They can cause a lot of harm, including physical and mental problems. Teenagers are at a crucial time in their lives and becoming addicted to E-Cigarettes can cause lifelong issues. There are ways to stop and prevent teenagers from smoking E-Cigarettes before it’s too late.
So what is an E-Cigarette? E-Cigarettes are an electronic nicotine delivery system. E-Cigarettes are also known as E-Hookahs, vape pens, and mods. E-Cigarettes came out in 2006. So what is nicotine? “Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound present in a tobacco plant.” (FDA)
Furthermore, this information proves that teens should not be smoking because our bodies aren’t developed at those ages. Most of the substances are extremely harmful to the body and can have lifelong effects.
I believe teens should stop smoking as soon as possible or not even do/start doing it. Nicotine addiction can cause many problems as you get older if you don’t quit. I want teens to know about the dangers of smoking E-Cigarettes.
Why should you stop smoking e-cigarettes? In 2020, about 20% of teens were smoking E-Cigarettes and about 5% of pre-teens had been smoking. Although smoking may look cool to some, especially teens because of the “cherry, mango, strawberry-banana taste”, the nicotine found inside e-cigarettes is not.
Another reason for teens to quit smoking e-cigarettes is that, in the future, teens who are addicted to E-Cigarettes will eventually start smoking cigarettes later on. Cigarette smoking can cause many forms of cancer, examples would be the mouth, stomach, kidney, and many other places in your body that cancer can hit (CDC).
Another perspective may argue that candy can be a good way to quit E-Cigarettes, but I disagree because nicotine is a drug. A good way for teens to quit when craving their E-Cigarettes is nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and Nicotine lozenges, Nicotine nasal spray, Nicotine inhaler, which are less harmful than E-Cigarettes. (memorialcare.org)
My thoughts on all E-Cigarettes are very hard feelings. I grew up with a lot of e-cigarettes and smoking. I have always hated the smell and saw my family members develop cancer from it and I have even lost some family members. So when I see teenagers smoking I feel at a loss for words.
Many High School Teachers have a strong belief that teens are just very curious or influenced by others to try and smoke.
Know you also have so many resources if you’re addicted and looking to stop. teen.smokefree.gov is one source you can check out.
Nicotine is addictive. People should know the importance of the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and smoke altogether. If someone you care about is in the position of being addicted to e-cigs, inform them of how it can affect their health or help them out with quitting.
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