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).