Prior to the COVID 19 outbreak, youth vaping and nicotine addiction were widely recognized a public health crisis. The problem was pervasive. The ‘Monitoring the Future’ survey found in 2019 that 25% of High School Seniors and almost 10% of 8th graders had used an e-cigarette containing nicotine in the past month.
While youth vaping may have disappeared from the headlines, it has not disappeared as a real public health threat. If you have teens in your life check it out yourself; ask them about vaping in their school or among their friends. You are likely to hear something like this quote from a high school senior recently interviewed by Colorado Public Radio “Everybody I know or hang out with vapes”.
This is cause for concern. Vaping can cause addiction and a number of different health problems. It may also increase the risk for COVID-19 spread. Keep informed and aware. Good information is available from the Truth Initiative. As decisions are made about schools opening safely let’s not forget about the dangers from vaping.