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Dangers of E-Cigarettes

You likely have heard a lot about e-cigarettes in the news, but they are not just the latest teen fad. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared youth e-cigarette use an epidemic. In just two years, e-cigarette use by high schoolers in our state has doubled. E-cigarettes and similar vapor products are the most commonly-used form of tobacco among NYS youth and, like all tobacco products, they are unsafe for youth.

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid (“e-liquid”) to produce an aerosol that users inhale and exhale, colloquially referred to as “vaping.” E-cigarettes and similar vapor products come in many shapes and sizes, and are known by different names, including “e-cigs,” “vape pens,” “mods,” and “tank systems.” The most popular e-cigarette brand among youth is JUUL, whose products closely resemble a common USB flash drive. JUULs emit an almost odorless aerosol, are small, and can be used discretely virtually anywhere, including in classrooms and school bathrooms. JUUL e-liquid is contained in small pods, with each pod containing the nicotine equivalent of a pack of 20 cigarettes. JUUL e-cigarettes are so ubiquitous that “JUULing” has become synonymous with vaping.

In addition to lessons in both our health and physical education classrooms, we are working diligently to address incidents of vaping in our schools.  Below are some resources you might find informative:

Get the Facts - Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) and Similar Vaping Products (Department)
Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults (CDC)
Electronic Cigarettes (CDC)
Tobacco and E-Cigarettes (Department)
Teachers and Parents: Thank USB Stick Might Be an E-cigarette (CDC)
E-cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flas Drives: Information for Parents, Educators and Health Care Providers (CDC)
Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents (Surgeon General)
Electronic Cigarettes: What's the Bottom Line? (CDC)
Cigarrillos electrónicos ¿Cuál es la conclusión? (CDC)
Youth Vaping Risks (FDA)

Student-made PSAs from NPHS:

Don't Vape It's Not Great

No Juul