What you need to know about vaping.
What is vaping?
Vaping is increasing in popularity with young people, but it is not risk free, with flavours such as Bubble gum and watermelon, it can seem harmless, but vaping can cause serious health problems especially for young people.
Marketing and targeting young people.
The liquid or “juice” usually contains nicotine vaping is not risk free.
Fun designs colours and flavourings are used to attract and target young people.
Many people believe vaping is harmless because it's just water vapour, and while E cigarettes don't contain tobacco the vapour isn't just water it is an aerosol that contains various harmful chemicals even if E cigarettes are, considered less harmful than traditional cigarettes it doesn't make them safe especially for young people, who have never smoked.
Your brain continues to develop until around 25 years of age nicotine exposure during this time of development can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and exposure in young people can lead to long term dependence.
E-Cigarette or Vaping Use – Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)
lung health cases of E cigarette or vaping use associated lung injury have been reported with symptoms ranging from shortness of breath to fever cough and chest pain, including permanent lung damage and death.
Exposure to harmful substances vape liquid contains harmful chemicals that are toxic when inhaled these substances can cause cancer.
The cost of regular buying cartridges or new models of vape are expensive overtime the disposal of cartridges batteries and devices contribute to environmental waste especially with the rise of disposable vapes.
Disposable vapes lead to enviromental harm. Nearly 5 million single use vapes are thrown away everyweek many ending up in land fill
Single use vapes should not be thrown away in householdwaste, they should be taken to a recycling centre due tothe lithium content of the battery.
it is illegal to sell vapes to anyone under the age of 18 years old, UK regulations State that the legal level of nicotine in a vape should be no more than 2% which is 20mg/ml therefore in a 2ml vape.
There are many illegal vapes in circulation in the UK, which means that the level of Nicotine are often higher and the list of harmful chemicals are unknown and unregulated.