E-cigarettes allow teens to do drugs on the down-low

E-cigarettes allow teens to do drugs on the down-low

“It’s so much easier to conceal e-cigarette pot use"

Teenagers are oftentimes some of the world’s greatest innovators. Their latest strategy to skirt detection while getting high? E-cigarettes.

A study published in Pediatrics yesterday shows that part of e-cigarettes growing popularity among young people has to do with the ability to use the devices to vaporize marijuana.

Between 2011 and 2013, e-cigarette use among young people has increased by 200 percent. “Unfortunately, there is really no end for what can be vaporized in these devices,” said Erika Sward, a spokeswoman for the American Lung Association.

An e-cigarette is designed to vaporize solutions that contain nicotine. “Teenagers are resourceful, and it was only a matter of time,” said study co-author Meghan Rabbitt Morean.

As many as 27 percent of high school students who use e-cigarettes reportedly also use the device to smoke cannabis. ‘Vaping’ is a better way to hide what they are inhaling because smoking e-cigarettes is considered socially acceptable and it also reduces the odor of the marijuana.

“It’s so much easier to conceal e-cigarette pot use,” said Morean.”Everybody knows that characteristic smell of marijuana, but this vapor is different. It’s possible that teenagers are using pot in a much less detectable way.”

The study was conducted by researchers at Yale University. They surveyed 4,000 students throughout Connecticut. They found that the most prevalent use of vaping pot with e-cigarettes was among young, male students.

The study authors urge caution as their study is the first of its kind. More research will need to be done to determine if this trend is widespread throughout other social-strata and in other states.

Moreover, the health effects of e-cig-vaporization of cannabis are not fully understood and should be more thoroughly explored before anyone is condemned.

“We now know it’s happening, but there are more questions about who is using and how damaging it is,” said Morean.



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