Know what you’re vaping

Senior Airman Michael Reeves, 15th Wing Public Affairs broadcaster, poses for a photo to highlight the dangers in vaping.

Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

15th Wing Public Affairs

Over the past decade vaping has grown in popularity as an alternative to cigarettes. However, some military members have experienced adverse health effects that have been linked to vaping substances.

E-cigarettes, battery-operated devices, use a heating element to turn liquid into vapor which is inhaled. The popularity of vaping as an alternative to cigarettes has given rise to the marketing of vape liquids, some containing cannabidiol oils or synthetic ingredients.

“Over the past year, the Department of Defense has observed symptoms consistent with cannabidiol intoxication,” said Arletta Eldridge Thompson, 15th Medical Group health promotion coordinator. “Some of the symptoms include tachycardia, hypertension, mydriasis, anxiety, and irritability and loss of consciousness.”

Cannabidiol oils or CBD are derived from marijuana plants and have been used for their psychotropic effects.

Products containing CBD and other marijuana or hemp products can be found both online and in many retail stores. Many marijuana byproducts are classified as a Schedule I Narcotics under the Controlled Substances Act, CBD oil is one such product. Smoking vape oils containing CBD ingredients is a violation of Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and is unlawful for military members to use, possess, or transfer such controlled substances.

“The Air Force will not tolerate the illegal or improper use of controlled substances military members,” said Capt. Irene Liscano from the 15th Wing legal office. “Moreover ingesting any substance meant to alter an individual’s perception, mood, or consciousness can lead to criminal prosecution.”

Since May 2017, 84 military members have been involved in 35 separate incidents where a vape substance was tampered with or contained CBD.

According to the DoD Operation Supplement Safety website, www. opss.org, not all vape oils contain substances or compounds which are considered Schedule I Narcotics. However, DoD employees and military members should still use caution when purchasing or using vape oils.

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