Andover addresses rising popularity of vaping – Andover Townsman

 Andover has been quick to address the rise in popularity of vaping, but the issue remains that more and more teens today are experimenting with e-cigarettes, JUULs, vaporizers, hookahs and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, these products contain an “e-liquid” that is typically made into an aerosol and inhaled.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states that e-cigarette liquids can contain nicotine, ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals, and heavy metals like nickel and lead. They often also contain diacetyl, a chemical that may lead to an ailment known as popcorn lung. 

Andover High School saw an increase of vaporizer use this fall. Ron Beauregard, director of the Healthy Communities Tobacco Control program, has partnered annually with Andover public schools to educate students about the way companies are marketing these products to get them addicted to nicotine, and the health risks of vaping.

“One of the things that has been emerging and we have learned at the schools is the smoking rates for regular tobacco is 7.7

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