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The Dangers of Vaping for Teens with ADHD

Nicotine activates receptors in the brain that release dopamine, the feel-good chemical that’s naturally lacking in ADHD brains. This is one (though not the only) reason that teens with ADHD are prone to nicotine addiction — smoking cigarettes and now using vaping devices, which increased in popularity a whopping 900% from 2011 to 2015. Learn why vaping is dangerous, how to identify signs of vape use, and figure out where your teen is hiding his or her vaping device.

3 Comments: The Dangers of Vaping for Teens with ADHD

  1. Obviously vaping is bad and harmful. But are you seriously telling parents they should snoop through their teen’s stuff and administer drug tests if they suspect their teen is vaping?! How about just asking and having an conversation. Talk about an authoritarian parenting style and a surefire way for your teen to never trust you in the future.

  2. I am the parent of 19 and 15 year olds with ADHD. The eldest also has a small amount of ASD and significant sensory issues. The younger one also had Down syndrome. I have one key problem with this article,namely it equates vaping with vaping nicotine-containing substances. Many people choose to use vapes WITHOUT nicotine and vape juice is sold this way at all vape

    1. I was unable to finish, so here it is…

      It is sold this way at all vape stores, all over the internet, and at tabacco shops, as well as elsewhere. KNOW YOUR FACTS.

      1) Vaping is often an effort to fit in. If, instead of confronting your teen about vaping you asked, as I did, what it was about vaping they liked and could they get this just as well with 0% nicotine juice. Mine was happy to agree as he does not want to become addicted to anything.

      2) The research about the dangerous chemicals produced by vapes themselves or the fluid used, are virtually all poorly designed such as heating the vape much hotter than any operate to the point where the plastics begin melting. If you are concerned about materials in the juice, you can make your own with vegetable glycerine used in cooking and store bought food items, with flavors /scents.

      3) Sure a Juul pod has as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. It’s also used over about the same amount of time as that pack without the tars and other chemical compounds that kill cigarette smokers’ lungs. If someone, such as my child, insisted on using nicotine much prefer he use ecigs for all the nasty chemicals they don’t have.

      Remember listening to your child and discussing what they are doing and why is much more effective, on those with ADHD than consequences and mistrust.

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