Health de­part­ment sends warn­ing about elec­tronic nico­tine de­vices

Times-Record - - NEWS - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­

DEN­TON — The Caro­line County Health De­part­ment is warn­ing par­ents of teenagers about the health risks as­so­ci­ated with youth use of elec­tronic nico­tine de­liver y sys­tems like e-cig­a­rettes, va­p­ing and Juuls.

Heather Grove, com­mu­nity health nurse with the health de­part­ment, was at the Fed Up Rally, Fri­day, Aug. 31, talk­ing about the mis­con­cep­tion among teenagers that the elec­tronic de­vices are not ad­dic­tive.

“They have the same nico­tine ef­fects as cig­a­rettes,” Grove said.

Nico­tine af­fects the brain, Grove said. Use by teens, whose brains are not fully formed, can lead to mood dis­or­ders and lower im­pulse con­trol.

Grove said Juuls are now the most widely-used elec­tronic nico­tine de­vice among teenagers.

Juuls are small and look like a USB flash drive, mak­ing them easy to hide, Grove said.

Nico­tine is de­liv­ered via a pod, many of which are fla­vored, which is heated into an aerosol and in­haled.

Grove said a sin­gle pod has as much nico­tine as an en­tire pack of cig­a­rettes.

Just like cig­a­rettes, elec­tronic nico­tine de­vices are not legally sold to any­one un­der 18, Grove said, but teens are find­ing ways around the law to get them.

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