2 Million Students Tried Vaping for the First Time Last Year, Tripling Use Nationwide
Pre-teens and teenagers are the new target audience of a dangerous new trend, purported to be one of the leading remedies for cigarette addiction: vaping. Electronic cigarettes are marketed to be the clean alternative to smoking, yet far more ominous substances frequent the pen-like devices, easily concealable in pockets, book bags, and purges: among them hemp oil and flakka.
According to the Examiner the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported in 2014 two million high schoolers and middle school aged children tried vaping for the first time- tripling the national average of e-cigarette use among teens to date.
In fact, famous music icon, Snoop Dogg, markets a kit for e-cigs fully equipped with accessories to utilize the pens as personal marijuana pipes. Oh goody!
Although many don’t consider marijuana to be a threatening controlled substance (federally controlled, anyway), about 17% of all marijuana users will become addicted to the substance. Just like any other substance use disorder, rehabilitation is necessary to remedy marijuana addiction.
Synthetic Marijuana is among popularized substances smoked frequently in e-cigs, and the results can be deadly: the hospitalization rates from Spice and K2 are through the roof- but despite this, Spice is still considered harmless to young adults.
Recently police officers have attempted to crack down on flakka use from e-cigs, but are having a difficult time tracking down who is using the substance in plain sight, and where. Even if suspicions are high- even if they’re dead on even- it can take weeks for a lab report to confirm the presence of flakka, Without probable cause, officers’ hands are tied when attempting to subdue teens who may be engaging in the illicit activity in plain sight.
There have been bills attempting to stifle the influence of c-cigs, but many have failed gain traction in legislation. Because extensive research and data has not been collected on e-cigs, many remain unconvinced regulation is necessary for the devices.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.