Vaping—the use of electronic cigarettes—has largely replaced traditional tobacco in schools. Peters has caught kids as young as 11 trying it, and use seems to be growing more common by the month. From the high school on down, its popularity has boomed in the past year, and teachers are scrambling to get ahead of a phenomenon with unknown long-term risks, and no sign of slowing down.
E-cigarettes, or e-vaporizers, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings and other chemicals.
While e-cigarettes don’t have the tar found in traditional cigarettes, users usually don’t know exactly what’s inside—some of which may be equally harmful, according to preliminary studies. However, the plot thickens.
Vaping now has moved way beyond nicotine as the liquid being inhaled.