CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The health dangers of vaping and what parents and grandparents should know were the focus of a presentation at The Center, where the Virginia Department of Health talked about the surging rates of vaping use among young people,
Virginia is fighting back against the multi-million dollar vaping ad campaigns trying to get young people hooked on the nicotine product.
One of the reasons why parents and seniors should know about vaping devices is they can be hacked.
Sally Goodquist of the Thomas Jefferson Health District says parents need to keep up with the changes.
"These devices are meant to be used as tobacco products so they contain nicotine but in some cases, young people can learn how to break open and add in their own marijuana oil or other substances as well," she said.
The health department also cautions against a popular e-cigarette, JUUL, which is shaped like a USB flash drive.
JUUL also delivers a high dose of nicotine and can harm adolescent brain development.