Consumer Column

Signs and Dangers of Youth Vaping

BATON ROUGE, LA – As noted in last night’s wonderful WAFB report on the growing concern of youth vaping, Louisiana Attorney General Landry is hoping to educate parents on the signs and the dangers of vaping.

“As a father, I am troubled by the alarming number of middle school and high school students using e-cigarettes,” said General Landry. “And even more concerning is the percentage of youth who are vaping marijuana.”

“As Attorney General, I am dedicated to making Louisiana a safer place – starting with the protection of our families,” added General Landry. “I encourage all parents and guardians to be aware of the dangers of vaping and the signs to detect its use.”

What Parents Should Know
- In Louisiana, vaping is illegal for anyone under the age of 18.
Adolescent use of nicotine can harm parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. It may also increase the risk of addiction to other drugs.
There is a high level of nicotine intake when vaping e-cigarettes. Some pods may contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
Vaping can be difficult to detect because there is no smoke and minimal odor.
Many vaping devices look like computer flash drives or writing pens.

Common Signs of Vaping
Kids who vape may drink more liquids or seem more prone to nose bleeds as some of the chemicals can dry out the user’s mouth and nasal passages.
Kids who vape may develop sensitivity to caffeine. If your child suddenly quit drinking caffeinated beverages, it could be a result of him or her vaping.
Kids often purchase their vaping products online. Monitor their Internet usage, charges to your financial accounts, and packages that arrive in the mail.
Kids who vape marijuana may have gel jars containing dabs, small tools to scoop the dabs, or cartridges containing THC oil.
Kids who vape marijuana may have bloodshot eyes, unusual increases in appetite, and abnormal shifts in behavior and mood.

Negative Effects of Vaping Marijuana
Marijuana use may have long-lasting effects on the developing adolescent brain.
Users may have difficulty with critical thinking skills like attention, problem solving, and memory.
Users may have declines in school performance.
Users may have impaired reaction time and coordination, especially as it relates to driving.
Users may have increased risk of mental health issues including depression or anxiety.

Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.