Why can kids get addicted to vapes so quickly?
Vape liquids contain highly concentrated nicotine or THC. The nicotine contained in one small “pod” can be as much as a whole pack (or even more) of traditional cigarettes. As a result, vaping a single pod can result in nicotine addiction and symptoms of nicotine toxicity. Similarly, the concentration of THC in dab pens can result in addiction to THC and can have acute mental health impacts as well as affecting short term memory loss and cognition.
In addition, the flavoring masks the chemical smell and allows kids to use more vape liquids (also called “E-juice”) faster, and exposes them to high quantities of nicotine more quickly which can lead to nicotine poisoning (commonly referred to by kids as being “nic sick”). This is typically experienced as dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, and vomiting, though seizures have also been reported.
E-cigarettes were initially introduced as a smoking cessation aid. However, the latest research from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) shows high school students that use vapes are 3-4 times more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes.