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Does Vaping Cause Secondhand Smoke?

If you're wondering if vaping can become dangerous, the answer, unfortunately, is yes. It's cleverly packaged to appeal to adolescents with fruity flavors and easy accessibility. While vaping doesn't produce smoke, it's still nicotine-based, and it's still bad for you. The vapors produced by e-cigarettes – or vaping pens as they are known are harmful to the person vaping as well as to bystanders. If you're looking for more information on vaping secondhand smoke or vaping use treatment, then call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today.

Vaping and Second Hand Smoke

While secondhand vaping is different from secondhand smoke, it is still dangerous and unhealthy to ingest. E-cigarettes do not burn, so they do not create smoke. However, inhaling the secondhand fumes from vaping is the same as inhaling secondhand cigarette smoke. The same dangerous ingredients are being inhaled, whether in a vapor or a cloud of smoke. It also puts the bystander who inhales it at risk for the same health concerns. Secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes contains ultrafine particles in a higher concentration than in regular cigarettes. It can contain chemicals and harmful ingredients such as:
  • Propylene glycol
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Isoprene
  • Lead
  • Nickel
  • Nicotine

Is Vaping Safe For Teens?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that using e-cigarettes is not safe for kids, teens, or young adults. Research has proven that vaping is not a better alternative to cigarette smoking. Here are some additional facts from the CDC about nicotine, vaping, and e-cigarettes:
  • Most e-cigarettes contain the same nicotine found in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
  • There are vape products that do not disclose that they contain nicotine on their product label. In addition, some have been mislabeled to say they contain no nicotine when they actually do.
  • Nicotine can harm young brains that are still developing, which continue to develop until the age of 25.
  • Among adolescents, nicotine also affects the part of the brain that controls learning, attention, mood, and impulse control.
  • Nicotine affects the way brain synapses are created.
  • Nicotine use at a young age can lead to exposure to more dangerous drug use in the future.
  • There is a huge misperception among Americans about the dangers of secondhand smoke, with most believing that it is not as harmful as it is.
Unfortunately, scientists are still trying to determine what the long-term effects of vaping are. Today, more people are choosing to use e-cigarettes to imbibe more dangerous substances, like marijuana and other chemicals. Therefore, even if you think your friend is just using an e-cigarette, you don't know what it actually contains.

Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Offers Vaping Use Treatment

At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we are proud to offer a vaping use treatment program for teen boys. The reality is that vaping is not safer than smoking cigarettes, and both contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Marketing campaigns for e-cigarettes are everywhere. It's part of what makes it seem so glamorous and accessible to young adults. Kids are impressionable, and the tobacco companies know it. A product that looks cool and tastes like their favorite candy is a no-brainer. Whether smoked or vaped, nicotine can affect a teen's performance at school, on the field, or on the stage. The last thing you want is to jeopardize something you love and are good at, or your education, health, and future. In addition to vaping use treatment, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center offers:
  • Marijuana use treatment
  • Alcohol use treatment
  • Heroin use treatment
  • Cocaine use treatment
  • Opioid use treatment
Contact the Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center team today at 662.373.2828 to learn more about the effects of vaping on your teen and how to get help.