The impact of conventional and nonconventional inhalants on children and adolescents

Samya Z. Nasr, Ali Ibrahim Nasrallah, Mariam Abdulghani, Stuart C. Sweet

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Aim: Inhalant abuse in the adolescent population is a growing concern for care givers, communities, physicians, and medical providers. The aim of this article is to provide a review of the literature about this new challenge. In addition, it raises awareness about recent health policy rulings. Methods: Review of the literature was done. Results: In this review article, the prevalence of different modes of inhalant use and abuse in children and young adults and their potential health implications will be examined: Cigarettes, ENDS (E Cigarettes), Hookah, Marijuana, and Huffing. Additionally, marketing and advertising tactics will be reviewed to understand how they target this population. A review of current health policy recommendations from the FDA, American Thoracic Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics will also be discussed. Conclusion: The rapid rise in e-cigarette and hookah use in school aged children should trigger a call to action in the medical and public health communities. Health policy recommendations need to be made to reduce the level of adolescent substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-399
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • environmental lung disease
  • international health
  • pulmonology (general)


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