Vaping addictions are real; Some say they can’t stop

Vaping addictions are real; Some say they can’t stop


IT BEGAN AT 16 FOR HOPE
HENNIGAN, THE HIGH SCHOOL VAPING
HABIT THAT THIS CARROLL COUNTY
TEENAGER ADMITS SHE PICKED UP TO
FIT IN.>>I REALLY DID NOT THINK ABOUT
THE NICOTINE LEVELS AS MUCH AS,
IT LOOKED AND SEEMED COOL. DEB: NOW, AT 19, HOPE FINDS
HERSELF IN THE DEEP END OF
NICOTINE ADDICTION, UNABLE TO
QUIT
>>I HAVE TO GO HIT IT OR I WILL
EXPLODE. DEB: IN FACT, OUR INTERVIEW WAS
A CHALLENGE. YOU HAVE NOT VAPED IN 15
MINUTES? BUT YOU REALLY WANT TO. DEB: WHAT I DIDN’T REALIZE, HOPE
WAS SPORTING A VAPING DEVICE
RIGHT ON HER WRIST. IT IS RIGHT THERE. [LAUGHTER]
>>I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO GET
THAT REACTION. DEB: IT IS NOT A WATCH. HOPE KNOWS HER HABIT IS NOT A
LAUGHING MATTER. IN FACT, SHE OFTEN FEELS SICK.>>THESE HIT VERY HARD. DEB: AN ATTEMPT TO STOP COLD
TURKEY MADE HER FEEL EVEN WORSE,
WHICH IS WHY SHE AGREED TO TALK
TO US.>>I WANT TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR
IT. I DON’T WANT LITTLE KIDS, LIKE
YOUNG KIDS IN HIGH SCHOOL, TO DO
IT. IT REALLY SUCKS. DEB: FOR THOSE WHO ARE HOOKED,
FINDING HELP CAN BE TOUGH
ACCORDING TO THIS PEDIATRIC
MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT. HAS THE CURE CAUGHT UP TO THE
EPIDEMIC?>>NO. THERE ARE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF
VAPES SPECIFIC PROGRAMS. DEB: AS A RESULT, TOWSON
UNIVERSITY HEALTH OFFICIALS
OPENED UP THEIR SMOKING
CESSATION CLINICS TO HELP
STUDENTS WHO STARTED VAPING WHEN
THEY WERE YOUNGER.>>GETTING OUT OF THAT ADDICTION
IS EXCESSIVELY DIFFICULT. IT IS EXTREMELY HARD TO DO. WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG AND YOU MIGHT
VIEW THAT YOU HAVE FEWER
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU, IT
CAN BE REALLY DIFFICULT. DEB: DR. PANAGIS GALIATSATOS
DIRECTS THE TOBACCO TREATMENT
CLINIC AT BAYVIEW MEDICAL
CENTER. HE SAYS THE APPROACH TO TACKLING
THE E-CIGARTTE ADDICTION IS ONLY
ITS ITS INFANCY.>>WE DON’T HAVE ANY DATA RIGHT
NOW. OR ANY GUIDELINES. DEB: HIS APPROACH, PULL FROM HIS
PROTOCOL FOR KICKING TRADITIONAL
CIGARETTES.>>WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE IT
OUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE. DEB: STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT
OFFICIALS FIND THEMSELVES WITH A
CASE OF DEJA VU.>>WE HAD MADE GREAT STRIDES,
AND TO SEE A NEW GENERATION OF
YOUTH BECOME ADDICTED TO THESE
PRODUCTS IS REALLY CONCERNING. THEY ARE TARGETING YOUR AGE
GROUP. DEB: THEY’RE BETTING PARTLY ON
PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ONE AT THE
HOWARD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. THESE TEENS, ONE JUST 14, WERE
CAUGHT VAPING IN SCHOOL, EVEN IN
SCIENCE CLASS. EDUCATION IS IN LIEU OF
SUSPENSION.>>MY MESSAGES, DON’T BE THE
GUINEA PIG. DEB: AT THIS FELLS POINT VAPE
SHOP, WHICH SINCE OCTOBER FIRST
CAN ONLY SELL TO CUSTOMERS WHO
ARE OVER 21, OWNERS SAY UNLESS
SOMEONE IS A FORMER SMOKER, THEY
DO NOT ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO START VAPING.>>IT IS NOT GOOD ON MY
CONSCIENCE TO ALLOW SOMEONE OR
TELL SOMEONE TO START SOMETHING
THAT WILL NOT BE BENEFICIAL. DEB: A FEW WEEKS AFTER OUR
INTERVIEW WITH HOPE HENNIGAN IN
CARROLL COUNTY, SHE DROVE INTO
BALTIMORE CITY FOR THE FIRST
TIME BY HERSELF. AFTER DR. GALIATSATOS PHONED HER
AND SAID HE WANTED TO HELP, AND
SHE SAID SHE WAS READY.>>I DEFINITELY WANT TO QUIT. I KNOW IF I DO NOT DO IT NOW. I WILL PROCRASTINATE AND IT WILL
GET WORSE.>>TALK TO THESE YOUNG ADULTS. FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON SO WE
CAN GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES
MEDICALLY AND AS A COMMUNITY TO
GET THROUGH THIS. DEB: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
OPTIONS OUT THERE TO QUIT. IF YOU ARE OVER 18, CONNECT WITH
A CESSATION CLINIC. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, IT IS
SUGGESTED YOU SEEK OUT A
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER
WITH EXPERIENCE IN SUBSTANCE
ABUS
AND THERE ARE ALSO EASY TO USE DIGITAL TOOLS THAT YOU CAN
ACCESS THROUGH YOUR PHONE. WE HAVE THIS INFORMATION AND
MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AND MOBILE
AP
AND HOPE TOLD ME TODAY SHE IS
DOING WELL AND HER GOAL IS TO

2 comments

  1. so are tobacco addictions this is a conspiracy and threat to the tobacco company and the government can't have there tobacco companies loosing money damnit! so they ban what they believe is the cause vaping.

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