VAPING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

THE HARMFUL INGREDIENTS

WHAT'S IN AN E-CIGARETTE?

  • Solutions, sometimes called e-liquids, almost always include nicotine, flavoring and a humectant, such as propylene glycol, to retain moisture and create the aerosol when heated. While many of these components have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for oral consumption, they have not been approved for inhalation. This means there isn't a great deal of knowledge about the health consequences when inhaled.

  • E-cigarettes produce a number of dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. These an cause lung disease, as well as heart disease.

  • E-cigarettes also contain acrolein, a herbicide primarily used to kill weeds, and can cause acute lung injury and COPD and may cause asthma and lung cancer.
     

"A 2018 Truth Initiative study published in Tobacco Control found that among current youth and young adult JUUL users, the majority — 63% — did not know that the product always contains nicotine."

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SECONDHAND E-CIGARETTE EMISSIONS ARE DANGEROUS TOO!
"In 2016, the Surgeon General concluded that secondhand emissions contain, "nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead." -- lung.org

More than

8 out of 10

youth e-cigarette users report use of flavored products.

Source

3.6 Million

youth are still currently using

e-cigarettes in the US.

Source

1,000 %

Increase

in disposable e-cigarette use among high school current e-cigarette users. 400% increase among middle school current e-cigarette users. Source

THE GOOD NEWS ... 1.8 million fewer U.S. youth are currently using e-cigarettes compared to last year, BUT 

it's still a major problem

E-cigarette, e-cigs, vapes, vape pens, mods and tanks are all terms for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

The e-cigarette brand JUUL has become so popular among youth that "JUULing" has become a verb for e-cigarette use.

  • E-cigarettes operate by heating a liquid solution to a high enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol that is inhaled.
     

  • Although it's referred to as "vaping," e-cigarettes produce an aerosol, which contains tiny chemical particles from the liquid and the device. These particles can lead to cardiovascular injury.​​

TIPS FOR TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT VAPING

Please visit the American Lung Association's Vaping Conversation Guide for tips to help you talk to your kids.
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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & EDUCATORS

Take Down Tobacco Training 

  • The program provide evidence-based information about tobacco use, including vaping.

  • The training is designed for students, but anyone working with youth can benefit.

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CATCH My Breath
a nicotine vaping prevention program

  • The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of e-cigarettes, including JUUL devices.

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Vaping Prevention: A Self-Paced Online Course

  • A free, vaping prevention course to use for teaching and/or to assign to students to do on their own

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MATCH

MATCH is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals fighting to reduce tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Connecticut and the U.S.

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ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience)

  • An online educational resource that delivers tobacco prevention education to teens and adolescents at a self-directed pace. The program is evidenced-based and tackles the full range of traditional and emerging products such as e-cigarettes, hookah, JUUL and synthetic marijuana.

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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund work to change public attitudes about tobacco and promote proven policies that are most effective at reducing tobacco use and save the most lives. 

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Behind the Haze

What do you want to know about vaping? Behind the Haze has answers to all of your questions.

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A Vaping Guide for Parents

What families need to know about vaping to help protect children, teens and young adults.

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smokeSCREEN

A smoking and vaping prevention video game with a dedicated focus on youth decision-making about smoking and vaping, and includes strategies for both smoking prevention and cessation.

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An Overview of E-Cigarettes

 

A guide and infographic from the CDC

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Power of Parents: Vaping

 

A quick overview of Teens & Vaping.

 

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Vaping: Know the truth

A vaping prevention curriculum for parents and educators from

The Truth Initiative

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Virtual Vaping Prevention Training

 

With Tricia Dahl of the Yale Vaping Research Center

DID YOU KNOW...

 

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age for sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. This legislation (known as “Tobacco 21” or “T21”) is effective immediately, and it is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. The new federal minimum age of sale applies to all retail establishments and persons with no exceptions. 

QUITTING RESOURCES

THIS IS QUITTING

  • The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping.

  • Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit.


Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHJUUL to 88709

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Smokefreeteen.gov

  • Quitting can be tough, but you are tougher. Use this info and resources to quit vaping and stay vape-free.

  • Create a plan, how to quit, tips for cravings and more.
     

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BecomeAnEx.org

  • Are you a parent of a young person who vapes? Parents can text QUIT to (202) 899-7550 or visit BecomeAnEX.org to sign up to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of vapers.

  • Adults looking for support to quit vaping or stop using any tobacco product can visit BecomeAnEX.org, our free digital quit smoking platform that offers comprehensive web and mobile tools

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My Life, My Quit

My Life, My Quit™ is the free and confidential way to quit smoking or vaping. Text "Start My Quit" to 855.891.9989 or click to chat with a Coach. We are here for you every step of the way. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY.

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