Did you know that the amount of nicotine in an e-cigarette nicotine pod is equal to the amount in a pack of 20 cigarettes? And that because the teen brain is still developing, teen users are more susceptible to the addictive nature of nicotine? Maybe that’s why the use of e-cigarettes among adolescents has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), something that greatly alarms us at Westchester Health. To give parents some guidelines for helping their teens make good decisions regarding vaping, we offer this very informative blog on the subject by Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
If you’re the parent of a teenager, you’ve maybe seen or heard about two new nicotine products that are exploding in popularity with the preteen and teenage age groups that greatly concern us at Westchester Health: JUUL and PHIX. These products are very dangerous for your teen’s health and well-being. To learn more, we recommend a very informative blog (excerpted here) by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. There is also helpful information and advice specifically for teens on the WHP website which you can access here.
Fortunately, the rates of adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. But unfortunately, e-cigarette use (vaping) in middle and high school students tripled in 2014, reports Dr. Mason Gomberg, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in his latest blog. This very alarming trend marks the first time that e-cigarette use surpassed traditional cigarettes.