There was a startling spike in the number of middle school and high school students who reported vaping in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, a project funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That brings the total number of kids currently vaping to more than 3.6 million. Many of them are addicted to nicotine.
While almost a third of high school students admitted to recently vaping nicotine-containing products, nearly a quarter of them said they have actively tried to quit but couldn’t. Vape manufacturers like JUUL are addicting an entirely new generation to nicotine, public health officials warn.
The long-term effects of vaping are still unknown but the short- and long-term implications of nicotine addiction are well documented. How do you know if you or someone you know is addicted to nicotine in vapes? Your mind and body will tell you.
Emotional signs of vape addiction:
Physical signs of vape addiction:
- Dry mouth: e-liquids often contain the chemical additive propylene glycol, which can cause dry mouth. Over time, this can lead to bad breath, mouth sores and tooth decay.
- Nosebleeds: Another side effect of propylene glycol found in e-liquids is that it can dehydrate the skin in the nostrils making you vulnerable to nosebleeds.
- Headaches & dizziness: Mild headache and dizziness are common side effects to vaping. They can also emerge as the first symptoms after quitting vaping.
- Coughing: Vaping damages the cilia in the lungs, which makes you cough.
Long-term effects of nicotine:
Studies have shown that adolescents exposed to nicotine are at an increased risk for mental health problems and behavioral problems such as attention deficit disorders. Nicotine can also adversely impact cognitive function. If you suspect you or your child is addicted to vaping, seek help from your health care provider. There are treatments available that can help you quit vaping and deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms so you can fully recover.
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett, together with Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing several individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. Recognizing the critical threat to young people ensnared by nicotine addiction, and its effect on our nation’s educational system, our firm has also joined other nationally recognized law firms to represent school districts and public entities across the country in the fight to stop the school vaping crisis.