Health Department Shares Information with Students About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

educators talking to studentsRensselaer County Health Department educators shared information about the dangers of vaping with 7th and 8th grade students in Shannon Fitzgerald and Jen Heim’s health classes last week.

Vaping involves inhaling a vapor produced by an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette, which heats a liquid to generate an aerosol. The vapor can contain nicotine, marijuana oil or other substances. The liquid concentrates that are vaporized, often called vape juices, come in many flavors and are often sweet, causing vapor to smell fruity.

Vaporizers, e-cigarettes or juuls come in many different shapes. Common styles look like a pen, a flash drive, or a small flask with a round chimney. Devices are typically very small and can easily be hidden. Like cigarettes, stores cannot sell vaping items to people under age 18. However, they are available on the internet and students may ask older siblings or friends who are over 18 to purchase them.

Vaping is often marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes. However, nicotine is addictive and can harm brain development, which continues until about age 25. There is also a concern that vaping at an early age can lead to smoking.

Additional info about vaping and e-cigarettes can be found at https://drugfree.org/article/how-to-talk-with-your-kids-about-vaping/