IGT: Vaping

#1

IGT = Interesting Google Trends
(Maybe a series of posts exploring what Google Trends can tell us about education-related things)
Vaping

Here’s a graph of how the term “vaping” is trending on Google Search in the US:

Observations…

  • Our own kids, who are in high school in a local district, say that vaping is “everywhere”. Kids are vaping in class, in bathrooms, in hallways. A lot of their talk is about how large numbers of kids are addicted to it.

  • Google Trends would support their observations, as vaping searches have skyrocketed, with only one odd dip, from 2013 to the present. It’s now at an all-time high and trending upwards still. The term started showing up in 2011, but didn’t become a thing until 2013.

  • On a national scale, Minnesota is 44th nationally in interest, with a score of 60 out of 100. West Virginia and Idaho show the highest interest. Virginia, oddly considering its proximity to West Virginia, is #50, but still at a 53 out of 100.

#2

I’m curious how much of that is nicotine vs. THC vs. CBD vs. non-psychoactive flavored liquid. I’m also curious how much passing-around-of-unknown-liquids is happening.

Vaping is such an inexpensive and easy way to microdose various substances, I don’t think we can even imagine the effects we’ll be seeing in the next decade. Bizarre pharma interactions, dangerous new allergies… it’s going to be fascinating and occasionally terrifying.

#3

Just anecdotal, but our daughter talks about the nicotine addiction she sees in other students. One kid tried to talk her parents out of going on a spring break trip because she knew that she would have trouble vaping while traveling. First world problems, I know.

And I’m not sure it’s that cheap? It sounds like the amount kids who are addicted are going through versus the cost gets up there pretty quickly.

#4

One of my children noted vaping’s higher use among their friends with mental health / suicidal tendencies - a mindset of “I might not live long enough for this to matter.”

Purely anecdotal evidence, of course.

#5

Uff. That’d be really sad if that’s the case.