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Damage to inner ear of teen is an overlooked potential health risk to vaping
Nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow

The Sacramento Bee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 2.4 million teens use electronic cigarettes, and that 70 percent of middle and high school students have been exposed to e-cig advertising.|

There’s renewed attention to the potential health risks of e-cigs, but overlooked is the danger to the hearing of young people. A study published last June confirmed confirmed the adverse effects of smoking on the inner ear of adolescents.

While e-cigarettes do not produce carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic chemicals associated with regular cigarettes, most include nicotine. While nicotine’s toxic effects on the ear are not fully understood, it is well established that nicotine reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and decreases blood flow.


LOFT is a five-day sleep-away program for high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language as their primary mode of communication. LOFT is an excellent opportunity for high school and college-bound teens interested in an enlightening and confidence-building experience away from home with their peers.

LOFT is about cultivating and unleashing teens' leadership skills by providing a supportive and structured environment where participants can increase self-confidence, self-advocacy skills and their understanding of their own strengths and abilities through individual and group activities.

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Applications must be received by AG Bell by March 5, 2015. We are strict about the deadline. You can submit your application in one of two ways:

  1. Scan the complete application with all required attachments into one PDF document and email to: Wendy Will at (this is the preferred form for application submission).
  2. Or, you may mail the application to: Wendy Will – LOFT 2015
    8745 Gary Burns Drive, Suite 160-504
    Frisco, TX 75034