Study suggests more high schoolers are vaping than ever before
WICOMICO CO., Md. – A new study conducted by the University of Michigan suggests vaping among teens spiked dramatically in 2018.
Researchers say this is the biggest one-year spike of any kind regarding substance abuse in young people in over 40 years.
The study suggests the amount of high schoolers who vape has nearly doubled this year alone.
We’re told many high schoolers tend to believe vaping is safer than smoking a cigarette, but what teens don’t realize is that vaping delivers high levels of nicotine, which could spell trouble for their health.
Rhonda Bryant, the Tobacco Program Coordinator for the Wicomico Health Department said, “A teenagers brain is not fully developed until they turn 25 years of age, and also the e-cigarette e-liquid is very addictive because it contains nicotine. Not only does it contain nicotine, but it also contains formaldehyde, which is used to preserve dead things.”
In addition to damaging the brain development of smokers, vaping is even more damaging to those standing near the vapor.
That’s because those breathing in second hand smoke are inhaling over 7,000 chemicals, which could have long lasting health effects.
Schools across the country are trying to crack down on vaping.
In Wicomico County, they are putting any student who is caught smoking or vaping into a program with the Wicomico County Health Department to help them quit.
Bryant explained, “All we are able to do is counsel them and then we also recommend them to call the 1-800-QUIT-NOW line which can help students between the ages of 13 and 17.”
The Wicomico Health department will also be hosting a tri-county conference on March 18th to teach teens across the Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico Counties about the dangers of vaping.