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Vaping is inhaling and exhaling aerosol which is produced by using an e-cigarette or similar device.
Electronic cigarettes are battery operated devices that people use to simulate smoking. E-cigarettes come in various shapes and sizes and are customizable. An e-cigarette contains four major components: the battery, the atomizer, the tank (also known as a cartridge/pod) and the mouthpiece.
Vaping nicotine has been associated with the following:
The part of the brain that's responsible for decision-making and impulse control is not fully developed until the late 20s. Youth and young adults are uniquely at risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine. These risks include:
Each time a new memory is created, or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people's brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Because addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can also prime the adolescent brain for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine.
Studies show that youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes in the future than youth who do not use e-cigarettes. There are no long-term studies to back up claims that the vapor from e-cigarettes is less harmful than conventional smoke.
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As part of the Don’t Blow It: Anti-vaping Campaign, Essentia has developed a Toolkit that can be used by teachers and community groups to educate students and the general public about the dangers of vaping.