Study: Many teens vape within 5 minutes of waking up in the morning — what are risks?

Cleveland Clinic

A recent study finds more young e-cigarette users vape within five minutes of waking up as vaping continues to pose a risk to teens, according to medical researchers.

Children are vulnerable to nicotine addiction and may not even realize how much of the addictive chemical is in certain vaping products, said Dr. Humberto Choi, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic.

“The amount of nicotine in a vaping device can be very high, and people may not realize this because the device can be very small,” he said. “One small vaping device can contain as much nicotine as a full pack of cigarettes. In some cases, even more.”

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The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found the age at initiation of e-cigarette use decreased and the intensity of use and addiction has increased. By 2019, the study found, more e-cigarette users were vaping within 5 minutes of waking. t

”These findings suggest that clinicians need to be ready to address youth addiction to these new highly addictive nicotine products during many clinical encounters, and stronger regulation is needed, including comprehensive bans on the sale of flavored tobacco products,” the study concluded.