Taking Vaping to a New Level

*For a brief review on vaping, or electronic cigarette use, check out our blog from 2014.

Vaping is on the rise, and of course some clever kids are figuring out how to get a better high (it’s seriously impressive to see what random things people will try to see if they get high…). A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics states that 26% of high school teens who have used e-cigarettes have also tried a potentially dangerous new vaping method called “dripping” — bypassing the reservoir and wick of the device by dropping e-cigarette liquid directly onto the hot coils of the device. This produces a thicker, more flavorful smoke. What could go wrong, right?

The idea behind conventional vaping, inhaling vapor from the e-cigarette as opposed to smoke from a regular cigarette, is to decrease the exposure to toxins while still getting the nicotine high. This new method of vaping may expose users to higher levels of nicotine (the addictive substance) and harmful toxins that you were trying to avoid, such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. These toxins are associated with cancer and lung disease. So, higher addictive potential and greater health risks. Nice.

In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration ruled that electronic cigarettes will be regulated like regular cigarettes, and sales to minors is prohibited. The rates of adolescent vaping grew steadily from 2011-2015, but took a slight dip in 2016 (where 13% of 12th grade students, 11% of 10th grade students, and 6% of 8th grade students have vaped in the past 30 days). However e-cigarettes remain the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and hookahs.