E-cigarette use (also called “vaping”) has been brought to public attention through advertisements and store openings. The risks of became apparent when some e-cigarettes burst into flames. With news of the outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use, the Bedford-Lewisboro-Pound Ridge Drug Abuse Prevention Council (DAPC) would like to share the following information provided by the United States Center for Disease Control (pulled from www.cdc.gov Sept 9, 2019):
Electronic cigarettes (aka e-cigs, JUUL, vape) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other ingredients by creating an aerosol. 99% of e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is harmful to the brain as it impacts learning, memory and attention and disrupts brain development. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes. The vapor also contains cancer-causing chemicals, volatile organic compounds, flavorings that have been linked to lung disease and metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like pens and other everyday items. New e-cigarettes shaped like USB flash drives are popular among youth, including JUUL and the PAX Era, which looks like JUUL and delivers marijuana.
Parents and other adults in the community have an important role in protecting children from e-cigarettes and can:
- Know the facts. Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of e-cigarette use at www.CDC.gov/e-cigarettes
- Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them.
- Set an example by being tobacco-free
The DAPC can provide additional resources and information for you and stands ready to assist you in addressing questions that may arise. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.