Know the Vape Risks – Rethink Tobacco

8 REASONS TO AVOID THE APE IN VAPE.

 

  1. Brain damage is irreversible
  2. Loss of brain function
  3. Addicted before you know it
  4. Gateway to smoking
  5. Toxic chemicals and metals
  6. Nicotine overload
  7. Weak immune system
  8. Blood vessel damage

Know the Vape Risks

1. Brain damage is irreversible: The part of the brain that’s responsible for decision making and impulse control is not yet fully developed until age 25. Teens and young adults are at risk for long-lasting effects including nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control.

2. Loss of brain function: Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.

3. Addicted before you know it: Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Because addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults.

4. Gateway to smoking: Kids who vape are 4x more likely to start smoking which can lead to a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

5. Toxic chemicals and metals: E-cigarette aerosol isn’t harmless water vapor – it can contain toxic chemicals and metals.

6. Nicotine overload: Teens may not realize the level of nicotine they are ingesting. For example, 1 JUUL = 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine.

7. Weak immune system: Vaping weakens the immune system, increasing susceptibility to all kinds of illnesses and infections.

8. Blood vessel damage: Vape that contains nicotine can increase blood pressure and heart rate and cause arteries to stiffen up. That means a higher risk for a cardiovascular event (think heart attack).

  1. US National Library of Medicine
  2. Surgeon General
  3. Surgeon General
  4. US National Library of Medicine
  5. National Academies of Science, Engineering, & Medicine
  6. The Truth
  7. US National Library of Medicine
  8. MedPage Today & American Heart Association
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