When you lay the cards on the table and analyze the facts, you will begin to understand that the issue of vaping among teens is growing more serious by the minute. Recently, an addiction specialist from Harvard University continued to receive calls from terrified parents all over the United States. Meanwhile, one psychologist from Stanford keeps getting phone calls from mothers and fathers all around the world. Furthermore, in response to the global issue, a federal agency ordered a public hearing to discuss the matter. In the wake of this huge spike, medical professionals have shared a growing concern over the addictive substance nicotine and its negative impact on neural development. Now, more than ever, these groups are attempting to fix the problem by finding new ways to help teens stop vaping. Let’s take a closer look and find out more information.
How to Stop the Monster
What has parents and medical experts especially terrified is the fact that, simply put, no single scientific study or treatment method can help teens stop vaping. Unlike cigarettes, nicotine e-cigarettes are 100% new to addiction science. However, keep in mind that e-cigarettes were originally intended for people who are trying to quit tobacco cigarettes. So, when you have an entire group of juveniles, teens, and young adults practicing this habit, what are you supposed to do?
As part of the investigation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Massachusetts attorney general are looking into Juul Labs, the manufacturer of (currently) the most popular e-cigarette brand on the market. Ultimately, their goals is to determine if this company has purposefully lured teens into the customer base by using attractive packaging and advertisements.
The Results Aren’t Good
As part of the annual Monitoring the Future survey (sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse), officials determined that use of e-cigarettes (and, in effect, nicotine) boosted in 2018. Overall, 21% of high school seniors have engaged in vaping over a 30-day period, a stark contrast to the 11% of seniors who vaped in 2017. Even more interesting, officials found that many teens believed that they were only vaping “flavors,” not an addictive substance.
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