Why is vaping so dangerous for teenagers?

The biggest threat to teenagers when it comes to vaping is that nicotine addiction. It is at least as hard to break a nicotine addiction as it is to break an addiction to heroin. Teenage vaping sets up a new generation to struggle with nicotine addiction. Fewer teenagers smoke combustible cigarettes than in past years, especially now that we are all aware of the dangers to health that smoking causes. Smoking is the most common preventable cause of death in the United States.

Nicotine has a range of effects on the body.  When nicotine is exposed to the body, the individual experiences a “rush.” Part of the cause of this is that the nicotine stimulates the adrenal glands, releasing adrenaline. The surge stimulates the body, and there is an immediate release of glucose as well as an increase in heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. As users become more addicted to nicotine, they require higher doses to enjoy the same effect. Teens that vape are four times more likely to begin smoking combustible cigarettes.

Nicotine is highly addictive. It causes a wide range of side effects in most organs and systems in the body.

Side effects in the brain include:

  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Irregular and disturbed sleep
  • Bad dreams and nightmares
  • Possible blood restriction

Nicotine can have the following side effects to the gastrointestinal system:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Indigestion
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn

People who regularly consume nicotine and then suddenly stop experience withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms:

  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty focusing or paying attention