According to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in six high school students admitted to using e-cigarettes in 2015, with use among teens rising. While the media and elected officials have warned Americans of the risks inherent to electronic cigarettes, it is important to be aware of the dangers.
E-cigarettes, consisting of a battery, an atomizing device and an e-liquid, are devices used to heat the liquid cartridge and release a vapor that is inhaled. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other dangerous substances including metals such as nickel, tin, lead and diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to lung disease. And just as second-hand smoke from regular cigarettes harms those nearby, vaping exposes those close by to toxic chemicals.
In addition to being addictive like nicotine in regular cigarettes, liquid nicotine is poisonous – especially to young children. Teenagers are at greater risk of addiction because their brains are still developing. The more nicotine a young person consumes, the more likely it is that they will become addicted for life.