“Dripping” has taken the place of cigarettes for many teens, and health care professionals are becoming increasingly concerned about the dangers to young smokers.
Also known as direct dripping or dry smoking, dripping involves opening a battery-operated vaping device and dropping liquid, known as vape juice or e-liquid, directly on the heating coil. The thick clouds of vapor create a heightened sensation when the smoke hits the throat and lungs. More liquid is added every few puffs.
Teens and Vaping
Some vaping proponents claim the fears are exaggerated and that dripping is limited to small number of adventurous young people who are more prone to extreme behavior. However, vaping has becoming a trend among teens in countries around the world.
In the United States, vaping is now the most common form of tobacco use among high school students, surpassing cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and hookahs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Center for Disease Control (CDC), estimate that approximately 13 percent of middle school students and 38 percent of high school students have tried vaping or e-cigarettes. A 2015 study involving Connecticut high school students indicated that 26 percent of kids who vape have tried dripping at least once.