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The science behind vaping

D-38 nurse Underhill  provided a personal insight into the Juuling/vaping situation, regarding health.

D-38 nurse Underhill provided a personal insight into the Juuling/vaping situation, regarding health.

By Ella Hall

 

As vaping is such a new and recent trend found in High Schools and and the general public alike, research is slow and a large portion of medical personnel have limited information regarding vaping and the use of similar electronic smoking devices. When asked about the use of vape pens in high schools, District 38 nurse, Joy Underhill, spoke to the issue saying, “In my opinion, yes it is a problem. Any addiction is a problem.” These words hold especially true when considering the fact that the concentration of nicotine in one Juul cartridge is equal to the concentration of nicotine in an entire pack of cigarettes. Underhill also stated, “any exposure to nicotine is not healthy. My concern is about hearing how popular it is becoming. To me it sounds like once teens start, they do not stop.”

As the act of  vaping and juuling alike seems to grip a growing population of students in the high school setting, finding an alternative to addictions is absolutely necessary. “ There are plenty of ways to end an addiction; exercise, getting enough rest, make sure that your eating well. Everything from listening to music to reading a book.” said Underhill. Making a conscious effort to escape the effects of addiction are not limited to the way one eats or sleeps, but go beyond to the meeting with professionals who are trained in assisting others who struggle with substance addiction.

Carol F.,a nurse manager at Health Link with Memorial North hospital, offered further medical information regarding the effects of juul and addictions to electronic vape devices. The effects of using juul include, “ inhaling gases with chemicals into the lungs which can cause lung damage. Smoking can cause bloody scores in the mouth and can also cause chronic bronchitis.” said Carol F.

 

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