The rise of e-cigarettes was hailed as a way to reduce the risks of smoking. Instead of a cigarette with burning tobacco, the electronic devices vaporize a liquid containing nicotine. Inhaling the vapors is thought by some to be less harmful on the body than the smoke and chemical contents of a cigarette, though that notion has been debated.
The devices, also known as vape pens, are gaining in popularity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high school students’ e-cigarette use jumped from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. The numbers moved from 1.1 percent to 3.9 percent for middle school students.
But there is more for parents to worry about than nicotine when it comes to e-cigarettes and vape pens. Here’s a look at how vaping can include illegal drugs, or serve as a sort of gateway to those substances. [Read more…]