5 facts about vaping to talk about with your teen – Daily Herald – Chicago Daily Herald

Would you recognize an e-cigarette if you saw it?

Not all e-cigarettes look alike, and vaping is easy to hide.

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Electronic nicotine devices can look like a pen, a computer memory stick, a car key fob or even an asthma inhaler.

Instead of inhaling tobacco smoke from a cigarette, e-cigarette users inhale vapor from liquid “e-juice” that has been heated with a battery-powered coil. This is called vaping.

The juice is flavored and usually contains nicotine and other chemicals.

E-cigarettes are unhealthy and addictive. They’re also wildly popular among kids.

Pediatricians have been hearing from patients that they and their friends use e-cigarettes, according to Dr. Susanne E. Tanski, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, a tobacco prevention expert from the Itasca-based American Academy of Pediatrics.

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youths. New research estimates that about 3 million adolescents vape.

Here’s what you should know about teen vaping trends:

• Kids might use different words to talk about e-cigarettes and vaping. For example, “Juuling”

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