Experts Call Vaping by Children a Looming Health Crisis – The Hudson Independent

by Elaine Marranzano – 

“Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances of all time. If these kids start using it in the seventh or eighth grade – by the time they get to high school it’s all done.”
— Dr. Richard Stumacher

The skyrocketing popularity of vaping among young people is alarming experts who warn the popular fad is addicting a whole new generation to nicotine.

“This is a nasty, nasty thing happening to our youth,” said Richard Stumacher, MD, Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital. “It is going really fast and parents don’t even know about it.”

A modified vaping device shaped like a Pokeball to appeal to children.

Vaping is the popular term for using battery-powered electronic cigarettes or vaporizers which convert a liquid known as “vape juice” into a vapor inhaled by the user. The chemical-laced vape juice may contain flavorings, nicotine and/or marijuana oil.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. At Sleepy Hollow High School, “a lot

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