Vape tricks are a popular pastime among teenagers and trying them may be enticing younger kids to vape, according to a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
The study, entitled, “Dripping and Vape Tricks: Alternative E-Cigarette Use Behaviors Among Adolescents,” analyzed data from nearly 3,000 high school students and found that a fifth (20.5%) had dripped and more than half (54.9%) had performed vape tricks.
Dripping is a form of vaping, but instead of filling up a vape tank as usual, users drip a small amount of e-liquids onto the coil or bridge of the vape atomizer. This allows users to alternate flavors without having to switch out tanks. Dripping also produces a denser vape cloud.
Vape tricks are when users create shapes from exhaled aerosol, like smoke rings with cigarettes. But vapers have developed “cooler” tricks with vapor (with even more exciting names) like the Ghost Inhale, the Bull Ring, the French Inhale, and the Jellyfish.
The study also found that vapers most preferred fruit-, candy- and mint-flavored vapes, and that nicotine concentrations commonly used for dripping was 3mg. Furthermore dripping and vape tricks lured younger vapers and led users to other tobacco products.
“Engaging in dripping and vape tricks was associated with risky tobacco use behaviors (e.g. earlier age of onset, other tobacco use), and involved exposure to nicotine and flavors,” the Abstract read. “Reducing appeal of dripping and vape tricks and preventing product characteristics that facilitate these behaviors may reduce harm to adolescents.”
Vape manufacturers have been accused of luring youth to vaping through flavored vapes and social media influencers, and for using the same ploy Big Tobacco used to get young people addicted to cigarettes — the “cool” factor.
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.