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Vaping concerns with our youth

To the editor:

There has been quite a bit of news about vaping. Its popularity has grown in use, especially with our teens and preteen children. Even though there are not many completed studies with these products at this time, health officials and the CDC are now reporting many severe lung illnesses and seven people have even died from lung illnesses directly related to vaping.

Vaping products contain nicotine, a highly addictive chemical that can be toxic in high doses. Nicotine was first used as a pesticide to kill insects. The toxic chemicals and particulates found in vaping can cause asthma, lung irritation, and even affect the blood vessels in the lungs that can suppress immune functions.

Studies have shown that people that start vaping are more likely to smoke cigarettes. Cigarettes have even more studies that show even more health risks. The vaping devices that people are using have been known to cause fires and explosions.

Unfortunately, the companies that sell vaping products market them to younger people. According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, within one year, there has been an increase of 48% in middle schoolers and 78% in high schoolers vaping. These products have many flavors that are made to appeal to young kids such as cotton candy and gummy bear flavors. Manufacturers of the vaping devices, such as Juul, have made the vaping devices to look like thumb drives, which is something a child in school would have and use.

Both parents and children should know about the health risks and problems with vaping. Manufacturing companies, which only care about making money, should not be allowed to target market our youth to sell their vaping products. There should be laws in every state to limit sales of highly addictive nicotine products to individuals age 21 and over.

JEFF CALDWELL,

East Liverpool

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