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Vaping & Tobacco Products A Resource (Scroll Down)

A Brief History

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are tobacco products that have been sold in the U.S. for about a decade. They include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars, known collectively as ENDS—electronic nicotine delivery systems. They're also sometimes called JUULs, "vapes" and "vape pens." E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among kids—and it's become an epidemic. While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of e-cigarettes, there’s evolving evidence about the health risks of e-cigarettes on the lungs—including irreversible lung damage and lung disease.

The American Lung Association is very concerned that we are at risk of losing another generation to tobacco-caused diseases as the result of e-cigarettes. The Lung Association remains extremely troubled about the rapid increase of youth using these products and has repeatedly called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase their oversight and scrutiny of these products to protect kids.

As a parent or guardian, you may need to know how an electronic cigarette works.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. In many e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge or reservoir. The person then inhales the resulting aerosol or vapor (called vaping).

Vapes can contain dangerous chemicals. They also can include metal particles, which can cause irreversible lung damage.

Metals like Nickel, Tin, and Aluminum can be inhaled!

These are absolutely things we don't want in our lungs! These can cause irreversible lung damage. Ask your children if they would ever consider inhaling metal! They need to know that these metals could be contained in the chemicals they would be inhaling.

So if you have no other conversation with your children, tell them they should never want to inhale metal!

Vapes Contain Nicotine - The Same Highly Addictive Drug Found in Cigarettes. Here is an interesting cigarette statistic: Cigarette smoke is a toxic mix of over 7,000 chemicals! At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.

Take a minute and process that. Vaping is different then cigarette smoking; but this is a great concept to discuss with children.

Who in their right minds would want their children to voluntarily place over 7,000 chemicals into their bodies that could be toxic!

Remember, even though vaping is different than cigarette smoking, they have some things in common.

Nicotine is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.

So even though vaping does not produce the traditional smoke of cigarettes, you can still become ADDICTED TO NICOTINE!

Take a moment and ask your children if they know how many chemicals are in cigarette smoke.

Vaping Flavors - Industry is trying to make vaping look appealing.

Flavors like "Donuts, Bubblegum, Skittles," etc. are an attempt get people's attention. Talk to your children about not falling for the scam!

Nicotine is Nicotine! Inhaling metals is horrible! Show your children these pictures. Show them what people are trying to get them to try to do by making it look like candy.

Your children may ask you what counts as tobacco.

Here is a quick answer: cigarettes, dip, Hookah (waterpipe), cigars, e-cigarettes (vaping). Every one of these places BAD chemicals into your body.

There are so many bad things in a cigarette.

Tell your children that cigarettes contain items found in: nail polish remover, hair dye, household cleaners, rat poison, rubber cement, gasoline, lighter fluid, battery acid, car exhaust fumes, embalming fluid, barbecue lighter fluid, batteries, mothballs, rocket fuel, insecticide, road paving materials, and paint.

And that's 17 really important reasons to talk to our children about cigarettes.

Smokeless tobacco is linked to several different types of cancer, including cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas. It contains at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals. It can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

A typical 1-hour Hookah session can produce as much smoke as several packs of cigarettes!

A cigar is a roll of tobacco wrapped in leaf tobacco. Cigars are different from cigarettes because cigarettes are wrapped in paper. There are three types of cigars sold in the US - large cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars. Some cigars use flavorings.

E-Cigarettes (vapes) are on the rise among our students.

You need to understand the facts behind vaping.

Read this article on "Stealth Vaping." A "Juul" is the most popular "Stealth" vaping device. As parents, you may see something hidden in plain sight. (USB sticks, mobile phones, car fobs, remote controls, Sharpie pens, highlighters, and even asthma inhalers.)

Some important questions with responses.

How would a child describe what it feels like to Juul? (This is a general response.)

"The first time was in the lunchroom. Everyone else was hitting it and I was like “alright, I want to try that.” I guess I knew there was nicotine in it, but I had no idea that it had so much. When I hit it for the first time it was, like, really crazy. I felt a really big buzz off of barely anything. It hurt my throat more than anything else I’ve done. I hit it and coughed immediately. At first it was just fun and it was something that you could do anywhere. It’s so easy. Then it just became something I was doing nonstop, but I still felt a buzz. Now, I go crazy if I don’t have it. I don’t even feel a buzz anymore."

How much nicotine does a pod contain?

Each pod has about the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, or 200 puffs. Specifically, the nicotine concentration is 59 mg/mL per pod, which can be more than double that of other vaping products. It gives users a strong, fast punch.

What are some signs that could tell you if your child is Juuling?

Signs of general e-cigarette use include increased thirst (the propylene glycol in the devices can cause dry mouth), a new sensitivity to caffeine and possible nosebleeds.

Hidden In Plain Sight . . .

Look at this Juul that looks like a usb drive.

Look at this Juul that looks like a Sharpie Pen.

Look at this Juul that looks like a ball-point pen.

Look at these Juuls that look like highlighters and cell phones.

What are some resources I can use to talk to my children about the dangers of vaping?

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Eric Hibbs
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