According to the Surgeon General, E-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed in the past year at a rate of epidemic proportions. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration’s National Youth Tobacco Survey indicate the percentage of high school-age children reporting past 30-day use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent between 2017 and 2018. Use among middle school-age children also increased nearly 50 percent. Parents, teachers, school leaders, community members and youth must work together to address this epidemic. The following resources are intended to raise awareness and promote behavior change.
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Get the Facts - Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) and Similar Vapor Products
Electronic cigarettes and similar vapor products are tobacco products. Most contain a battery that heats a flavored liquid, usually containing nicotine, into an aerosol users inhale. The liquid is often called e-liquid or e-juice. E-liquids usually contain nicotine and flavorings in a base of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Nicotine is highly addictive and harms brain development. Some flavorings, such as diacetyl, can cause serious disease. PG and VG are generally recognized as safe to eat but inhaling them can irritate the eyes, nose and throat and make it hard to breathe. (CDC)
Click Here to view a four-minute animated YouTube video for Parents, Teachers and Students on Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping.
The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is an educational resource that can be adapted to fit the individual needs of educators and students in all types of settings, including elementary, middle and high schools; community-based organizations; and health-related agencies.
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