Nicotine – 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. Weak immune system
  7. Nicotine overload
  8. Blood vessel damage

Know the Vape Risks

1. Causes irreversible brain damage: 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. Causes attention and learning problems: Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.

3. Nicotine in vape is highly addictive: 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. Weakens immune system: Vaping weakens the immune system, increasing susceptibility to all kinds of illnesses and infections.

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

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. US National Library of Medicine
  7. The Truth
  8. MedPage Today & American Heart Association
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Can’t candy coat the facts

Vape use among SD teens and preteens has skyrocketed. In 2015, nearly 1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes. It's easy to understand the appeal – they're cool, come in tons of tasty fun flavors, and smell good. In fact, 85% of e-cigarette users age 12-17 use flavors. But that's where the fun stops. One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes and JUUL devices deliver nicotine nearly 3x faster than other e-cigarettes, making it easier for kids to get addicted faster.
  1. Truth Initiative
  2. Surgeon General
  3. JUUL
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Vape is not harmless

Most vape products contain nicotine which is not only highly addictive, it can increase your blood pressure, heart rate, and cause your arteries to stiffen up. That means you may be putting yourself at a higher risk for a cardiovascular event (think heart attack). Plus, the vapor can contain other chemicals, toxins, and even metals. When those chemicals and toxins build up, your immune system pays the price.

  1. MedPage Today
  2. National Library of Medicine
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Vape can make nicotine addiction worse

More than half of US teens who are using a JUUL are using it multiple times per month. That’s concerning because it starts to look like a habit, and habits can quickly turn into addictions – especially when nicotine is involved. The company that makes JUUL claims their product delivers nicotine nearly 3X faster than other e-cigarettes. It’s a bigger danger than you think.

  1. Truth Initiative

Focus

The nicotine in vape is highly addictive and causes irreversible brain damage. Brain development continues until around age 25. Nicotine affects the parts of the brain that control attention and learning so developing brains are more at risk for long-term damage and addiction. Not harmless. Not safe. Not Cool.
  1. Surgeon General
  2. National Library of Medicine
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5 Dangers of Smoking

1. Smoking is addictive. Nicotine is a drug that is naturally present in the tobacco plant and is primarily responsible for a person’s addiction to tobacco products, including cigarettes. The addiction to cigarettes and other tobacco products that nicotine causes is similar to the addiction produced by using drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

2. One cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes. Smoking has been found to harm nearly every organ in the body and reduces a person’s overall health.

3. Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon, and rectum.

4. Smoking causes heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and worsens asthma symptoms in adults. Smokers are at higher risk of developing pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other airway infections, and smoking weakens the immune system.

5. Smoking makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant. A pregnant smoker is at higher risk of miscarriage, having an ectopic pregnancy, having her baby born too early and with an abnormally low birth weight, and having her baby born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. A woman who smokes during or after pregnancy increases her infant’s risk of death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Men who smoke are at greater risk of erectile dysfunction.
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  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information
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  5. Cancer.gov
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Dumb and dumber…

Fact: Nicotine prevents brain growth. Adolescent's brains are still growing. Using nicotine is like self inflicting brain damage. Fact: Nicotine disrupts the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning and susceptibility to addiction. Stupid AND addicted is just how the tobacco companies want their customers to be.
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