Vaping is not any safer than cigarettes, despite what ads may lead you to believe. It’s also considered substance use. Vaping has been glamorized, and there’s a reason it has been marketed specifically to teens. E-cigarette and tobacco companies know that adolescents are impressionable. What kid wouldn’t want to try something that looks cool and tastes like candy? The reality is that there’s nothing glamorous about it. It hinders the performances of both athletes and musicians, and it can get you kicked off a team or out of school. Just like smoking cigarettes, you risk addiction and ultimately developing cancer and other long-term health issues.
If you’ve fallen victim to the powerful marketing behind e-cigarettes coupled with the pressure of your peers, we’re here to help. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we offer a comprehensive vaping use treatment program utilizing a combination of evidence-based and holistic therapies. Reach out to begin your journey to a healthier you today at 662.373.2828.
What Are the Risks of Vaping for Teens?
The bottom line is that there is no question that the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and negatively affects adolescent brain development. Nicotine changes the way synapses are formed and built between brain cells. It also compromises those synapses or connections every time you create a new memory or learn a new skill. Not to mention the other harmful substances besides nicotine that are found in e-cigarettes. Plus, they are a gateway substance, meaning kids who vape are more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future. Let’s break it down:
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same addictive drug found in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products
- E-cigarette labels may not disclose that they contain nicotine, even though they do
- Nicotine harms the parts of developing adolescent brains that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control
- Using nicotine as an adolescent can pave the way for future addiction to other drugs
Your Lungs Will Thank You
Scientists are still learning about the long-term adverse health effects of e-cigarettes, and there are many. For instance, studies show that the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol can wreak havoc on your lungs. Those attractive flavor add-ins may taste good, but your lungs have a hard time processing them. Then there are the defective e-cigarette batteries that have caused fires and explosions, which can cause serious injuries. The liquid in e-cigarettes is highly poisonous, and all ages have been affected by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing it through their skin or eyes.
The reality is that e-cigarettes are also being used to vape more potent substances like marijuana, THC oil, and other chemicals. Besides irritating the lungs, these drugs can affect how you think, act, and feel against your better judgment.
Learn More About Vaping Use Treatment
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we are proud to offer a vaping use treatment program for teens. We are committed to helping you understand the dangers vaping poses to your health and helping guide you along a path of lifelong recovery. In addition to vaping use, we offer a wide range of other substance use treatment programs, including:
- Alcohol use treatment
- Heroin use treatment
- Cocaine use treatment
- Opioid use treatment
- Marijuana use treatment
Contact us today to get started with breaking your addiction. We understand what you’re going through, and you’ll be surrounded by a caring team of professionals and peers who won’t judge you, only help you find your way to clean living. Call our team today at 662.373.2828 to learn more about the advantages of all of our treatment programs.