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Increasing Amount of Teens Vaping Marijuana in the U.S

Increasing Amount of Teens Vaping Marijuana in the U.S

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Increasing Amount of Teens Vaping Marijuana in the U.S

A new study shows that an increasing amount of Teens Vaping Marijuana in the U.S

The school-based study, which was released on Monday, shows that an increasing amount of middle and high school teens are using e-cigarettes to get high on marijuana

The estimated total of teens vaping marijuana amounts to 2.1 million, which reflects nearly 9 percent of students who took part in the survey.

Vaping, the inhalation and exhalation of a substance through an electric device, is considered to less dangerous than smoking. This is because water vapor, rather than carcinogenic smoke is inhaled.

Research shows that that burning tobacco, marijuana or any other substance creates chemicals that are damaging to the lungs.

However, at this time, there is little-recorded research on the effects of e-cigarettes; this includes the proclaimed effect of helping people to quit smoking.

The rise in the number of teens vaping marijuana is alarming health officials, they are scared that the children will become addicted to nicotine and be more inclined to switch to cigarettes.

Katrina Trivers, the lead researcher of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that the number of young people using e-cigarettes is worrying because cannabis has the ability to damage young minds.

“Cannabis use among youth can adversely affect learning and memory and may impair later academic achievement and education.”

In states that have legalized marijuana, it is possible to purchase cartridges containing liquid tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), the active ingredient in the cannabis plant that gets a person high.

A survey carried out by the University of Michigan in December shows similar results when it questioned teens vaping marijuana.

In the study, 8 percent of the 10th graders who took part stated that they vaped marijuana over the past year.

University of Michigan researcher Richard Miech stated that the health risk associated with vaping comes in more than form.

“The health risks of vaping reside not only in the vaping devices, but in the social environment that comes with it.”

He added that children who vape are more likely to become known as drug users and associate themselves with the similar people.

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“Hanging out with drug users is a substantial risk factor for future drug use.”

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While the health risks of youth vaping are not yet clearly defined, the fact that it is on the rise is alarming (image via Windsor Star)

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration provided the five largest e-cigarette makers with 60 days to produce plans to stop the underage use of their products.

Currently, approximately 11 million adults in the U.S are using e-cigarettes. Additionally more than half of them are under 35 years old, and one in three users are vaping daily.

Research shows that the percentage of male vapers is higher the percentage of women who vape. 5.9 percent of men reported current e-cigarette use compared with 3.7% of women.

The study goes on to show that people with chronic medical problems are also more likely to vape than individuals without health issues. Perhaps this is associated with cigarette smokers who transition to what they perceive as a healthier form of nicotine consumption.

At this time is not clear whether marijuana vaping is increasing among teens or holding steady, however, the sale of vaping devices has grown into a multi-billion industry.

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