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.

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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 thedapc@gmail.com for more information.