Health Check: More teens "dripping"
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - A new trend in vaping your kids may be doing that you need to know about.
One in four teens who vape say they've used e-cigarettes for an alternative technique known as dripping.
This according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.
Dripping produces thicker clouds of vapor and makes the flavor taste better. But it generates higher heating coil temperatures.
That's where the big safety concern is, according to Centra smoking cessation expert Cheryl Burnette.
"Originally when vaping or e cigs first came out all the reports stated that if you heated the stuff in them up to a high temperature that it was dangerous for your lungs. The response was nobody is ever going to do that," Burnette said.
Well, now they are. That's concerning to Burnette because it can cause lung damage and affect brain development for teens.
Burnette said the bigger problem here is that teens are using e-cigs and vaping PERIOD.
There is a 900% increase in 14 to 18 years olds e-cigarettes or vaping according to Burnette.
Many don't think it's dangerous and that's why Burnette said you need to talk to your kids.