We and other journals have been publishing articles on the increasing prevalence of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among teenagers despite their not being approved for use before age 18. But what happens when the equipment for vaporizing nicotine and other chemicals that make up the contents of an e-cigarette is used by teens for vaporizing cannabis? So how prevalent is this practice among adolescents? Can you predict what subtypes of e-cigarette users will do this? What forms of cannabis are being used for vaporization?
Morean et al. ( (doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-1727) ) share the results of responses from more than 3800 Connecticut high school students who completed an anonymous survey with some dramatic results that you will want to know about. The fact that those 18% of those who regularly use e-cigarettes will vaporize cannabis was surprising to us. Link to this study and learn a great deal more from the results of this survey than you may have imagined, enabling you to then introduce this subject into conversations with adolescents in your practice.
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