The deaths of young people (such as a 15-year old in Texas) has spurred media attention to the outbreak of EVALI (E-cigarette lung disease). This reflects a need to spotlight the less visible effects of vaping nicotine and marijuana on the developing adolescent brain. Repeated use of these substances by teens, harms learning, motivation, mood, and attention and primes the reward system for future addictive disorder. Nicotine is as addictive to the brain’s dopamine pathways as heroin, crack cocaine or methamphetamine. As these deaths from nicotine take more lives each year than all of these other drugs combined.
The Vaping Crisis
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Likewise, the vaping of marijuana amongst high school seniors is also at record breaking levels.
What is the New York Center for Living’s Response?
Having absorbed the hard lessons of the opioid epidemic, NYCFL is dedicated to act with immediacy to address the crisis of vaping using a 3-pronged approach that combines prevention and intervention strategies:
Offering the "NIP it in the Bud" education series
Presenting customized school-based education and trainings.
Sponsoring continuing education (CES) events for mental health/substance use providers to heighten awareness and offer current practice skills.
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