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Vaping Cost One Teen His Health and Dreams

Nicotine addiction came with a high price for this high school hockey player, and he’s not alone. Increasingly popular vape devices like JUUL pose health risks and can harm developing brains.

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Cade started vaping in 8th grade. Now he’s a high school senior and trying to quit. 37 percent of high school seniors say they vaped in 2018, and sales of one popular brand, JUUL, grew more than 600 percent from 2016 to 2017. Each pod can contain as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes, but less than a single pod can make a teenager’s brain susceptible to lifelong addiction.

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