They think that they're just inhaling the vapors and the flavors and they don't realize these products contain nicotine. "They don't realize the nicotine can interfere with their brain development, that the sweet flavors don't make the products any less unsafe", Ryan said.
She spoke about the rise among vaping and said one sixth grader told her it is easier to find someone to lend him a Juul than a pencil.
New federal data shows e-cigarette use among American youth is rising at an alarming rate.
"Vaping has become engrained in my school's culture", Ryan said.
For young people, "nicotine is risky and it can have negative health effects", Mr. Adams said in an interview.
"Vaping can expose the user's lungs to harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, diacetyl, and acrolein, as well as toxic metal particles like nickel, tin, and lead", says an FDA lesson plan that Adams recommends. "We need to protect our young people from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes".
Federal officials are scrambling to reverse a recent explosion in teen vaping that public health officials fear could undermine decades of declines in tobacco use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse on Monday released data showing that the number of high school seniors who say they used an e-cigarette within the last 30 days spiked by 75 percent since past year, according to the advisory.
Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pointed to recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that showed the percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days almost doubled to 20.9 percent from previous year.
Numerous devices used to consume e-cigarette products attract teens because they're easy to hide. The study found that Juul was found to contain more nicotine than any other brand of e-cigarette. Even if e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes, one cartridge still contains about as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes, making it particularly unsafe for the bodies of developing youth. Additionally, Adams states that Juul's liquid nicotine mixture is specially formulated to give a smoother, more potent nicotine buzz.
Last month Juul shut down its social media accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavoured cartridges to deter use by under-18s.
The Food and Drug Administration has announced a series of moves, including proposals that would keep most flavored vape products out of reach for teenagers and efforts to limit online sales.
"There are no redeeming benefits of e-cigarettes for young people", Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said at the time. However, we do know the nicotine in e-cigarettes is highly addictive and could cause life-long problems.
This story was reported by The Associated Press.