It seems like a kids have a nose for danger. No sooner has one new fad been dealt with, when two more rear up to take their place. As a parent or a concerned adult, it is hard to know where to look for the ways that they manage to endanger themselves. Here are the most dangerous health trends among teens in America.
The first thing I’d like to point out is that overall the more common ways that teens endanger themselves have been on the decline over the last few years. So there is less risk today than a few years ago that your child will come into contact with harmful health risks. At the same time, that doesn’t mean all the risk is gone.
That is why we have collected together some of the most worrisome trends out there so that you do not have to. Hopefully armed with this knowledge you’ll be in a better position to spot when your teen is doing something they shouldn’t be and engaging in risky behavior.
A lot of teens report vapping, with e-cigarettes the most common product among youth for the second year running. The reason why would appear to be the fact that there are many appealing flavors, with 81% of teens reporting that that was the reason they vaped.
The thing is, these flavors do actually often contain tobacco and nicotine and though these levels are much lower than with normal cigarettes, that does not mean that there is not a risk of addiction, which might lead to overuse of vapping or even increase the risk that teens will eventually switch over to actual cigarettes with all the risks thereof. We simply don’t know as vapping is too new for us to know the long-term health risks.
For that reason as of the 8th of August, flavored tobacco has also been banned in e-cigarettes.
You might have heard of these. They made headlines in 2011 when they were outlawed in Louisiana. Many other states have tried to follow suit, but unfortunately, as what is in them varies from time to time, that has turned out to be hard to do.
These supposed ‘bath salts’ are frequently sold in head shops and liquor stores. They often contain such substances as mephedrone and MDPV, which both can cause severe hallucinations when smoked, snorted or even injected.
The substance is thought to be highly addictive with some people demonstrating habit forming after only one use. Many teens falsely assume that because the substance is not illegal it must, therefore, be safe than other drugs. This would not seem to be the case. There is a definite risk of overdose and you should be aware of the associated symptoms so that you can get your kid to a hospital in time.
The choking game
In this case, people will choke each other for the high they get when the choke is released and the blood rushes back into their heads. The problem is that this can actually kill brain cells and even render people unconscious.
This is because the person doing the choking does not know when they’ve gone far enough, which can lead to them going too far. The risk of brain damage is real. Therefore, if you want to avoid your kid not being able to go to college, make sure they avoid this one.