“The addicted mind justifies some crazy things,” said Matt Murphy. The 19-year-old got hooked on nicotine in high school, and what began as experimentation with vaping turned into an addiction.
“That snowballed into me having a neurochemical dependency on it without me even knowing,” he said.
His addiction followed him to college: “I would be studying in the library and I would have to bike back to the dorm, like, every 20 minutes.”
E-cigarette use among middle and high school students is rising sharply. In 2018 nearly five percent (or one in 20) middle school students reported trying e-cigarettes within the last 30 days. That’s up from less than 1 percent in 2011.
Among high schoolers, that number jumped from 1.5% in 2011 to more than 20% in 2018.
And that kind of jump has doctors and health officials concerned.