Boom in smoking alternatives catches many parents off guard

Colorado Health & Wellness, May 2019

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The good news: Smoking is losing ground. Only 7 percent of Colorado teens now smoke, down from a high of 25 percent in the 2000s, according to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey tobacco data. But vaping? It’s huge — and high schoolers’ (mis)perception is that it’s safer than smoking. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling aerosol (also called vapor) from an e-cigarette or similar device. And like any nicotine product, it can become addictive and affect brain development, which is still forming until about age 25.

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