Jennifer Distefano, PDHP
May 10-16, 2020 is National Prevention Week, which is hosted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). The focus is on increasing substance use prevention and promoting mental health. Each day this week, a topic is dedicated to helping increase substance use prevention and promoting mental health and wellness.
Today’s topic is on Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Many of us have heard over the past year on the news or have read in newspapers about young deaths or serious lung injuries due to vaping. Vaping and Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) were thought to be safer, but that is not necessarily the case. The good news is that emergency department visits due to e-cigarettes or vaping products have declined since September, 2019.
The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine.
- Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
- E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
- Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
Key Facts about Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products
- Electronic cigarettes—or e-cigarettes—are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
- Using an e-cigarette is commonly called vaping.
- E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
- The liquid can contain: nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances, flavorings, and additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound of marijuana that produces the “high.”
- Vaping products can come in all different flavors to appeal to the youth. Some flavors are cotton candy, watermelon and strawberry.
Key Facts about Vitamin E Acetate
- Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive, most notably in THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
- Vitamin E is a vitamin found in many foods, including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables. It is also available as a dietary supplement and in many cosmetic products, like skin creams.
- Vitamin E acetate usually does not cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin. However, previous research suggests that when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with normal lung functioning.
Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?
- As mentioned, most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
- A recent CDC study found that 99% of the e-cigarettes sold in assessed venues in the United States contained nicotine.
- Some e-cigarette labels do not disclose that they contain nicotine, and some e-cigarettes marketed as containing 0% nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.
- Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain.1
- The brain keeps developing until about age 25.
- Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.1
- Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.
- Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs
Let’s take a look at some real truths about E-Cigarettes; I have it listed in both English and Spanish
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