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Teens & Vaping

While vaping is more culturally accepted than smoking cigarettes, this doesn’t mean it’s safer. Vape use by teens has skyrocketed in recent years due to advertising, peer pressure, and stress. Many of the side effects of vaping (also known as e-cigarettes) are not well known because vaping technology is still relatively new. One thing is certain: If your teen routinely smokes e-cigarettes, which contain a multitude of harmful chemicals, quitting is the healthiest option. At Destinations for Teens, we offer a range of treatment options that can help.

What’s in an E-Cig?

E-cigs can cause serious health consequences because the liquid inside contains tobacco and other harmful chemicals. Vaping can cause lung injury and heart problems. E-cigarettes contain the following harmful substances:

  • Nicotine
  • Heavy metals, including lead
  • Cancer-causing chemicals
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Dangerous chemical flavoring

Smoking vape pens can pave the way for the use of other harmful substances. Intervening early can make a monumental difference in your teen’s life. Many parents have experienced similar struggles; it is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is common for teens to start vaping in order to fit in. The nicotine in e-cigs can also lead to withdrawal cravings and even affect brain development. At Destinations for Teens, we help educate parents about the best ways to help teens stop vaping.

Vaping Facts: Is Vape Use Safe or Not?

While some types of vape liquid do not contain nicotine, the vast majority of vape liquids (also known as “juice”) do contain nicotine. There has been a lot of misinformation about the use of vaping and how safe it is. There are a few simple things to know first.

  • Vaping that contains nicotine can be dangerous. It can also be addictive.
  • Nicotine vaped into the body is absorbed quickly through the blood vessels located in the lungs. This allows it to reach the brain in just 10 seconds.
  • Many vape products contain other carcinogens and harmful substances outside of just nicotine, making them dangerous to ingest.

While vaping certain substances may temporarily relieve symptoms of anxiety, the side effects of vaping are substantial. It also increases the risk for dependence and addiction. People who vape at a young age are more likely to start smoking cigarettes or marijuana later in life. Over time, the benefits of vaping wear down, leading to the need to use other substances to get that same high or benefit. That is a challenge that can lead to ongoing addiction, including the use of more dangerous drugs.

Comprehensive Treatment is Available in a Safe Setting

Vaping addiction treatment can be done in a residential or outpatient addiction treatment program. Teens who engage in other types of drug use along with vaping may need more complex treatment, including detox and long-term assistance. In a safe, drug-free environment, it becomes possible for a teen to learn that he or she has options. Treatment may include therapies such as:

Choose to Get Help by Calling Destinations for Teens

When the signs of vaping are present, addressing the issue early ends up paying off in the long run. That is where our team at Destinations for Teens can help by providing comprehensive vaping addiction treatment. Our California addiction treatment center can help your child get on the right track. Vaping puts children and teens at risk of various medical complications. When it comes to vaping use, treatment is available when you call 877.466.0620 or connect with us online.