By Arriana Patraw
Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free North Country
Even with the youth smoking rate at an all-time low, the vaping rate is still on the rise and represents a serious concern for young people. According to the Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Tobacco Products — the agency that enforces the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act — e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product on the market among middle and high school students, with one in nine high schoolers and one in 36 middle schoolers vaping.
For teachers and parents, e-cigarettes can be tough to spot, with some devices as small as a USB flash drive. They also emit low levels of aerosol — “vapor” — and can be used discreetly. Most contain nicotine, with some containing as much as a pack of cigarettes.
Other facts to know:
- Vape aerosol contains a variety of chemicals — not just nicotine.
- The flavors themselves may contain chemicals that pose health risks.
- Users are likely inhaling potentially toxic metal particles like chromium, nickel, lead, tin and aluminum.
Locally, teens — and adults — should consult with their health care providers for help. Many work in conjunction with a tobacco treatment specialist, a professional specially trained to assist people wanting to quit nicotine. Get in touch to learn more: call (518) 891-5855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.