E-Cigarettes: What's the Risk?
In October, 2015, the CDC called E-Cigarettes an “emerging challenge for public health.” Plumas County is in no way immune to this emerging public health threat. E-Cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices are polling up in stores around the county.
The potential long-term benefits and risks associated with e-cigarette use are not currently known. What is known is that nicotine exposure at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote nicotine addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use – making any use of these products among U.S. youth a major concern.
Since electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDDs) are still relatively new, there haven’t been studies done on the long-term effects of using them. “Vape” enthusiasts claim there are no harmful side effects and that what comes out of these devices is just harmless vapor. This is false, however. It is not vapor, but rather aerosol that is breathed in and blown out while using ENDDs. This aerosol has smaller particulate matter than smoke, and its effects are still being studied.
To see what health risks the FDA determined there are in ENDDs, click here.
Does it help me quit?
There is no proof that electronic nicotine delivery devices help smokers quit. There are, however, proven methods that do work.
For a full list of cessation materials that have been approved by the FDA, click here.
Truth for Parents:
|| Recent national and preliminary California data show that youth are experimenting with e-cigarettes at an alarming rate. In 2014, the Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks substance abuse trends among over 40,000 youth nationally, found that the use of e-cigarettes among teens surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes. More than twice as many 8th and 10th graders reported using e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes in the survey, and among 12th graders, 17 percent reported currently using e-cigarettes vs. 14 percent using traditional cigarettes.
Another survey, the National Youth Tobacco Survey, found that in 2013, that e-cigarette use among high school students tripled between 2011 and 2013, increasing from 1.5 percent to 4.5 percent. Over a quarter million students who reported using e-cigarettes had never used traditional cigarettes.
Overall, studies suggest that youth who may have otherwise never smoked cigarettes are now getting hooked on nicotine due to e-cigarettes, and that adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to progress from experimenting with cigarettes to becoming established smokers. E-cigarette devices may also be used to inhale illegal substances, such as marijuana and hash oil.
Because many of these devices are similar in appearance to a ball point pen, school and law enforcement personnel are unaware that inappropriate use of nicotine and illegal substances is occurring.
History Repeats Itself:
Tobacco companies, known for blatantly targeting youth in their ad campaigns, have been regulated in regards to what sorts of advertisements they can put out. Companies that sell electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDDs), however, are not regulated. Check out this study done by the Center for Disease Control to see how “vape” companies are using the same techniques that Big Tobacco are no longer able to use.