Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse


The health risks of e-cigarettes and vaping have been questioned since the products’ introduction. Cigarette smoking has been vastly reduced in the United States as the long-term health factors have been spotlighted and advertising for tobacco products seriously regulated. In light of the change, e-cigarettes have risen in popularity, described as less risky or a method to help you quit smoking. Now, a new trend is catching on, even more dangerous than the last: dripping.

Dripping is the newest trend and is a twist on typical vaping. Users drop the liquid from an e-cigarette directly on hot coils to generate stronger sensations and flavors. The dripping generates much higher temperatures, leading to a greater emission of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acetone. Those chemicals are known to cause cancer and other diseases. According to a study published by the Journal of Pediatrics, at least one in four teenagers have tried the trend.

The study found that 64 percent of respondents stated that they dripped for thicker smoke, 35 percent for better flavor and 28 percent for a stronger sensation.

How long the trend will stay is unclear. E-cigarette use exceeded popularity of cigarette use amongst teens in 2014. Ray Story, the CEO of Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said: “At the end of the day, I don’t think [dripping] serves any kind of purpose. It’s for monster clouds. It’s the lot of the ‘do-it-yourself’ type guys that are into this.”



Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.