The Heart Network’s work is based on community partnerships and collaborations — and when we see another organization take a stance that aligns with us, we make sure to call them out and share our appreciation.
In August, Citizen Advocates used its platform to share information about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Culling information from the Centers for Disease Control, the piece notes that over the course of six years, e-cigarette sales increased by some 122 percent. As they are marketed as a “safer” alternative to smoking, they appeal to youth, children and young adults — of particular concern is their popularity among teenagers.
The article also notes the dangerous effects vaping has on one’s health. A single vape cartridge carries as much as 30 to 50 milligrams of nicotine and contains chemicals like glycol and glycerol, which are unsafe to inhale. Flavorings in e-cigarettes also contain metals such as lead, which are linked to cancer and lung disease.
When organizations like Citizen Advocates — which has a broad reach across the North Country, providing community-based mental and behavioural health services for individuals and families — spread information about the dangers of products like e-cigarettes, it has a ripple effect on our communities. We thank Citizen Advocates for making tobacco cessation a priority.
If you are a smoker, or a user of e-cigarette products, and are looking to quit, we encourage you to talk to your health care provider or utilize the New York State Smokers’ Quitline: 1-866-NY-QUITS or nysmokefree.com. You can also get in touch with the Heart Network to learn more about local resources: (518) 891-5855 or heartnetwork.org.