Vaping devices you wouldn’t expect – What parents need to know, part 3

Vaping devices come in all shapes, colors and sizes.  If you saw these next devices, you might not even know they were used for vaping.  Students can easily use them in the class or at home and teachers and parents may not be the wiser.  Not all these vaping products are for e-liquids.  Before we go on you need to know that while Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment in 2016 to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, recreational vaping of cannabis is still illegal.  It is therefore important for schools to check the oils and devices to know if they contain nicotine or cannabis.

This slim vaporizer can be used for CBD, CO2 and other thinner oils.  One end you draw from and the other end is a stylus (left).  Easy to fool teachers and parents, especially when the tank portion, on the top, is removed.  Slim mini stylus starter kits are pictured on the right.  You unscrew the top part and plug the bottom part (which holds the battery) into the charger.

So what is an asthma inhaler doing here?  The device on the left is a forced air vaporizer used for “dry herbs.”  While we usually don’t report on cannabis in our blogs, kids are now using it on school campuses and it is something teachers and parents need to be made aware of. This device is called Puffit.  Some of these devices will allow you to also use concentrates.  Rather than “flashing LEDs, it will vibrate to let you know what is happening with the unit.”  It is much more expensive than other vaping devices, about $100 and up.  Since middle and high school students are allowed to have inhalers with them in class, how can you tell if it is the real thing?  A true inhaler will have medical information written on the inserted part that sticks out of the device at the top (right).  The Puffit device has its name on the mouthpiece cover.

If you go to a website and they discuss “discreet vape pens,” they are probably referring to devices that allow you to use cannabis in wax or dab form, although you can find fairly inexpensive dry, combustion pens.  Some look like a regular vaping device, like the Airis MW pod kit on the right, while others look like a writing instrument, like the iFocus pens on the left.  No matter which one you decide to purchase, it will cost about $25 from this site, but other sites may be cheaper.

The dry vape pens, on the left, look like a chunky writing pen.  As the name implies, you use dry material in the device.  This model is one of the least expensive at $18 but other models can run are as high as $670.  The largest models wouldn’t be considered “discreet” and are for home use, but the link above will allow you to see what is on the market.

 

These aren’t colored pencils, they are disposable E-Hookah pen vapes and each provides about 600 puffs.  They are about $6 each, and come in 11 flavors.  This particular product claims to be nicotine-free.  Other similar products have between 500-700 puffs.  Some state they are nicotine free, others are vague in the description.

 

There are now vape pens for you to inhale essential oils.  Two companies that offer these products are VitaStik and Monq, and use such phrases as therapeutic, organic, pure, safe, holistic and wellness on their websites.  These pods contain essential oils, vegetable glycerin and water, and produce clouds of vapor similar to a regular vape pen, but don’t have nicotine.  Are they safe?  Would you really want to inhale any type of oil into your lungs?  While people have their own opinions, “there is no scientific research” to back up claims of safety.  Not all vape pens heat the liquid up to a high heat, but some do.  Vegetable glycerin, used in these products and found in many standard, nicotine products, changes into a substance known as acrolein when exposed to heat over 536 degrees F.  It is very irritating to the eyes, nose, throat, lungs, stomach and skin, and is known as a carcinogen.”  Whether you vape essential oils or a nicotine product, if your device uses vegetable glycerin and heats to a high temperature,  it is producing a by-product that is cancer-causing.

Finally, what else is out there?

 

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