Westchester Health Pediatrics Takes A Stand Against Teen Vaping

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The pediatricians of Westchester Health Pediatrics/Northwell Health Physician Partners do not condone the use of vaping.

Vaping, particularly among teenagers, has become a national crisis. A new generation of young people is now getting hooked on nicotine, and in some cases, it’s costing them their lives. Something needs to be done, and fast, to convince them to stop vaping, or even better, not to start in the first place.

At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want to clearly state that we are totally, 100% against vaping

According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Use Survey, 3.6 million middle and high school and students vaped (used e-cigarettes) in 2018. That was a year ago. How many more are vaping now?

Many people, especially teens, think that vaping is not all that harmful and is a safe alternative to smoking. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want to communicate to our patients, their parents and anyone else who reads this blog that this is not true. We’ve written several blogs on this subject, which you can read here.

“The biggest problem is that we don’t know exactly what goes into all the flavorings, and there are thousands of them,” says MD Anderson’s Jason Robinson, Ph.D. “There are over 7,000 e-liquid flavors, most of which have not been tested for toxicity in vaporized form. It could take 20 years to know the long-term health effects of vaping.”

Serious health effects of vaping

Here are 11 of the most serious consequences of vaping, but keep in mind that physicians, scientists and researchers are continuing to find more.

1. Vaping lowers the body’s ability to fight infections
2. Chemicals in vape smoke can cause “popcorn lung”
3. Lithium ion-powered vaping devices can explode
4. Nicotine levels are only loosely monitored
5. Ingesting vape liquid is poisonous
6. Vape smoke contains metal particles such as tin, nickel, silver, iron, aluminum, silicate and chromium
7. Vape smoke contains formaldehyde, or embalming fluid
8. E-cigarettes usage has been linked to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues
9. Lipoid pneumonia (when oils or fats enter the lungs) has become a serious health issue resulting from vaping
10. Some safety studies on vaping have been written by scientists funded by the vaping industry
11. Vaping can cause cancer

To download MD Anderson’s pdf “Risks of Vaping,” click here or on the image below.

How to get help to stop vaping

To learn more about the serious health effects of vaping

For more information on vaping and e-cigarettes, we’ve compiled these helpful articles:

  1. Vaping Illnesses Increase to 530 Probable Cases, C.D.C. Says
  2. As Vaping Illnesses Rise, Doctors Warn Of Possible ‘Irreversible Damage’ To Lungs
  3. Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping
  4. More deaths expected from vaping lung illnesses, CDC says
  5. 5 Vaping Facts You Need to Know
  6. Is It Time to Quit Vaping?
  7. The Dangers of Vaping & E-Cigs
  8. 10 Shocking Health Risks of Vaping And E-Cigarettes
  9. Teenage Vaping Rises Sharply Again This Year
  10. Everything You Need To Know About The JUUL, Including The Health Effects

As well as advice on vaping, count on us for all kinds of information to help you raise happy, healthy kids.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Whether you’re raising teenagers, adolescents, toddlers or newborns, we’ve got years of experience helping parents take care of their children, including substance use/abuse issues, and we’re ready to help you with yours. Please come in and see us.

Concerned that your teen is vaping or might start soon? Come see us.

If you’re worried that your child is smoking or vaping, or might start, or is trying to quit but can’t, please come in and see one of our Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatricians. We’ll talk with you and your child, and together, talk about the best way forward for their particular situation. If needed, we’ll also help your child find the right support network to get help. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

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By Westchester Health Pediatrics, member of Northwell Health Physician Partners

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