Vaping is the new trend in the smoking population. What is it you ask? It is the inhalation of “vapor” that is produced by an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS). It has been touted to be a safer way to smoke or a means of quitting the nicotine habit. In reality, this is quite the opposite. Before FDA began regulation of the ENDS and products, it was becoming very popular among our teenage population due to the different flavors available, ease of availability, and thought process that it is harmless. National Youth Tobacco Survey found from 2011 to 2015 an increase in use from 0.6% to 5.3% in middle school and 1.5% to 16% in high school. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Adolescents-Who-Vape-Six-Time-More-Likely-to-Smoke-in-Early-Adulthood.aspx
First and foremost, vaping is NOT harmless. The vapors emitted have many harmful substances that are dangerous to the lungs. Even if the product claims not to have nicotine, studies have found low levels of nicotine. These solutions also contain carcinogens, aldehydes, metals, volatile organic compounds, diethylene glycol 1% (used in antifreeze), and several other hard to pronounce substances. The flavored solvents that were advertised as safe by FDA were actually approved for ingestion and were never meant to be inhaled-they are respiratory irritants.
The liquid cartridges that were first sold were not child resistant. These cartridges could contain of up to 30ml of flavored liquid with nicotine. It only takes 2ml of this liquid to be lethal to a small child!
The good news is as of 2016, FDA has better regulation on these vaping products. It is now prohibited to be sold to minors, must be labeled with ingredients and risks, and must be in child proof containers. Due to the enticing flavors though, teenagers are likely to try and become addicted to these vaping devices. We encourage you to talk with your teenager about the risks of vaping. If anyone in your home is vaping, we implore you to keep products locked up and away from little ones who could ingest these dangerous products.
Here is the AAP policy statement on vaping. https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/state-advocacy/Documents/Liquid%20Nicotine.pdf