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Teen Use of e-Cigarettes Tied to Mental Health Issues

e-cigToday, the Rochester Hills, MI city council will introduce an ordinance to ban the sale and use of e-cigarettes by minors. It will also include a penalty for minors who possess e-cigarettes.

Researchers found that adolescents who used the devices were more likely to smoke cigarettes and less likely to quit smoking. The study of nearly 40,000 youth around the country also found that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students doubled between 2011 and 2012, from 3.1 percent to 6.5 percent.

Adolescents are vulnerable to experimenting with drugs and alcohol and often cigarettes and now e-cigarettes may be the first substance used by young people. E-cigs are even specifically marketed for teens with flavors like strawberry or bubblegum. 

There are important mental health consequences related to the use of e-cigarettes. Anxiety and depression are the most common complaints from those who smoke.Studies have shown that those people with mental health problems are twice as likely to smoke as the rest of the population. 

People living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, as people without mental health disorders, research shows. 

Nicotine is known to cause excitement and thus can intensify worries. When a smoker is not smoking, the nicotine in the blood stream decreases and the feeling of excitement drops dramatically which can contribute to depression and the cycle of addiction. 

If you are the parent of a teen and you are concerned about your child’s substance use or about the presence of anxiety or depression symptoms you may value from scheduling an appointment with a trained therapist. Birmingham Maple Clinic has psychologist, social workers, psychiatrists and marriage and family therapists that are specifically trained to treat adolescents. You can schedule an appointment by visiting www.birminghammaple.com or calling (248) 646-6659. Birmingham Maple Clinic is centrally located in Troy, MI and services clients from Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Sterling Heights and other parts of Metro-Detroit.