Teens have been toking up for decades and it’s been relatively easy to tell by that all-too-familiar smell. But today’s teen is more savvy and the modern world is offering a new way for them to get high without you knowing. It’s called vaping … and it’s not just for nicotine anymore.
Vaping is the act of inhaling water vapor through an e-cigarette. But kids today are inhaling a lot more than H2O. While many are using the e-cig as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, a growing number are exploring a rising new trend: inhaling liquid marijuana
Not my child.
Everybody thinks that their kid is gold, but no one knows for sure what truly goes on when you’re not around. Remember, you were a teen once too. Did you walk the straight and narrow all the time? If you did, good for you. But remember this, the times they aren’t just a changin’ … they’ve changed. After all, we’re talking about electronic cigarettes. Vaping. Legal marijuana!
The truth is, your child is just as susceptible to the lure of liquid ganja as any other. Don’t believe me, just look at the what recent research tells us:
- About two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes during 2014, which was triple the amount of teens that used them in 2013, according to the Center for Disease Control.
- 18% of the students who used e-cigarettes, used them to also vaporize cannabis—including hash oil as well as wax infused with THC.
- Vaping marijuana can be stronger than smoking it traditionally.
- U.S. teens who have tried e-cigs might be more open to trying regular cigarettes.
Mary Jane damages the brain. Vaping it could expedite the damage!
No one knows the long-term effects of vaping pot. Scientists have already proved that marijuana can cause several health problems such as short-term memory loss, slow learning, decreased sperm count and lung damage—especially in the young—but they still don’t know everything. And the same can be said for you.
Vaping has been touted as a cleaner, safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. Teens like it because it’s still smoking—just minus the negative attributes.
- It’s much easier to conceal
- There’s no bad smell
- There’s no lingering smoke
- It won’t give them bad breath
- There’s no worry about getting cigarette burns
- There are no of ashes or dirty butts
- There’s a smaller chance of getting cancer and other smoking-affiliated illnesses
- It’s cheaper (over the long term) than cigarettes
“Unfortunately, there is really no end for what can be vaporized in these devices.” —Erika Sward, Spokeswoman for the American Lung Association
Last year it was nicotine. This year it’s marijuana. Do you really want to find out what your teen could be vaping next? Do yourself a favor and talk to your child. Explain the concerns and dangers of vaping—as well as smoking traditional cigarettes and pot. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.