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Vaping Addicts Have No Treatment Options

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Children as young as 11 are becoming addicted to high levels of nicotine found in Juul e-cigarettes (e-cigs), but their age prevents the use of many of the quit-smoking products on the market today, leaving parents, physicians and addicts without treatment options
  • Many teens believe vaping is relatively harmless and better than smoking traditional combustible cigarettes, increasing the risk they start vaping, which in turn increases the risk they move to combustible cigarettes and develop other addictive behaviors
  • Altria, one of the largest cigarette companies, recently purchased a 35 percent share in Juul, already the leading supplier of e-cigs, offering the company a larger distribution channel and a promise to stop manufacturing their Marlboro cigarettes, focusing instead on e-cigs
  • Experts strongly recommend you start talking with your children at a young age, but cautions you use accurate information as parents lose credibility if children are convinced of something they later learn isn’t true; encourage children to read and understand the science instead of relying on their peers or advertising

Children as young as 11 are struggling with addictions to e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, in reference to the vapor (opposed to smoke) emitted from the device. The gradual demise of traditional cigarettes has been heralded as an achievement for better health, but the danger is the alternative many have chosen may be just as alarming.

While e-cigarettes do not expose you to thousands of toxic compounds found in conventional combustible cigarettes, researchers are only beginning to understand the toxicities involved in smoking e-cigarettes. In some ways, these man-made options may be just as dangerous, just with different consequences.

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