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Vaping Teens Came Up With ‘Dripping,’ and It's Disgusting

Jenn is perhaps best known as the author of the popular parenting blog Breed ‘Em and Weep (2005-2012). She’s written for many magazines, newspapers and websites, including Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama, and The Boston Globe. Jenn’...

Leave it to teenagers to come up with something unhealthier than vaping

We don't like vaping. It's just nasty. It took off before scientists could really hammer home the whole "humans, this is another really stupid idea" message. And recent studies have shown that vaping is no better than smoking as far as your poor blood vessels are concerned.

How could it be? It's still clouds of chemical vapor coming out of electronic cigarettes. We were not meant to breathe in chemical vapors and put electric things near our mouths.

Vaping has an even dirtier, more dangerous thug cousin now thanks to some resourceful (read: idiotic) teens. Jot this one down for future reference: dripping.

More: Maybe don't vape before your nose job, just saying

We admit it: We had to YouTube this to figure out what the hell it was. Turns out dripping is pouring nicotine liquid directly onto the heating coils of a vape or e-cig to create massive clouds of nicotine vapor.

Hey, what could go wrong?

Don't just take our word for it that this is a thing. Yale University (you know, Rory Gilmore's swank alma mater) did a study of Connecticut high school students recently and discovered that dripping was gaining in popularity with teens because it provides — ick — a "stronger throat hit" and more "flavorful clouds of vapor."

I'll give you a stronger throat hit, Mister. Teens, enough already. YOU TOO, STUPID GROWN-UPS.

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The approach requires either a graduate degree in chemical engineering or, you know, a teenage brain. Kids actually have to disassemble and hack their e-cigarettes to make dripping happen.

Again: Hey, what could go wrong?

*insert old footage of nuclear testing site*

Blake Brown, 32, a vaping blogger (SMH), said that dripping is not really a new thing. But he's cool like that.

“There’s a side of vaping that’s super simple, and that’s what most of the public sees,” he said. “There’s also a different side to vaping where people like to tinker around with things, take things apart.”

Brown confirmed to CBS that manufacturers of e-cigs are just as sinister as we suspected — they've caught on to the dripping trend and now feature exposed coils in their products, allowing really, really dumb consumers simpler access.

The Yale study wasn't about health risks, but recent research by the American University of Beirut suggests that dripping may release even higher levels of carcinogens. Sigh.

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