The vape device – or electronic cigarette – heats up a small amount of liquid, which turns into a vapor that a user inhales. When they first arrived on the market, vapes were seen as a healthier alternative to cigarettes and a possible smoking cessation device. However, over the years, research has shown that vapes are not necessarily safer than regular cigarettes, and many people who use them do not quit smoking.
Effects of Vaping
A regular cigarette contains about 7,000 chemicals, and while a vape has far fewer, it still contains nicotine, which can be addictive. This is especially true among minors whose brains are still developing and more susceptible to addictive substances.
Additionally, recent research has shown that using a vape can increase the risk of developing various health problems, including:
- Brain, heart, or lung damage
- Malignant tumor development
- Premature birth or stillbirth
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
Vape Use Among Youths
In the U.S., many teenagers use e-cigarettes. One of the most popular brands among teens is the Juul. However, many youths don’t see using this product as vaping, and often refer to it as “juuling.”
In 2018, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory stating that vaping is an “epidemic among youth.” According to a survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health, 37% of 12th graders, 32% of 10th graders, and 17% of 8th graders reported using a vape device.
Texas Laws on Underage Vaping
In Texas, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess, purchase, or use electronic cigarettes. Minors who violate this law could be punished by a fine of up to $250. They may also be required to participate in a tobacco awareness program or community service.
Contact The Law Office of Rene A. Flores PLLC for a Free Phone Consultation
If your child was charged with underage vaping, retain the legal services of our criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Rene A. Flores PLLC. We are skilled at developing persuasive legal strategies to fight charges. When you work with us, you will have an advocate on your side ready to protect the best interests and rights of you and your child.
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