Can Using E-cigarettes Lead to Future Cigarette Smoking Among Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Many young people who use e-cigarettes also smoke cigarettes. There is some evidence that young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
  • Specifically, a 2018 National Academy of Medicine report found that there was some evidence that e-cigarette use increases the frequency and amount of cigarette smoking in the future.
  • E-cigarettes also can be used to deliver other drugs, including marijuana; in 2016, approximately one-third of U.S. middle and high school students who have ever used an e-cigarette reported using marijuana in the device.
  • But e-cigarette use among young people is still unsafe, even if they do not progress to future cigarette smoking.
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Flavors and Marketing Make E-cigarettes Appealing to Youth

  • E-cigarettes come in various flavors, including fruit, candy, mint, and menthol.
  • A study from 2013-2014 showed that most youth who use e-cigarettes first start with a flavored variety, and flavors are the primary reason youth report using e-cigarettes.
  • In 2020, most youth who reported using e-cigarettes used flavored varieties (82.9%). Among high school students who currently used any type of flavored e-cigarettes in 2020, the most commonly used flavors are fruit (73.1%), mint (55.8%), menthol (37.0%), and candy, desserts, or other sweets (36.4%).
  • On January 2, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized an enforcement policy that prohibits the sale of prefilled cartridge e-cigarettes in any flavor other than tobacco or menthol, unless authorized by FDA. FDA has since taken additional steps to prohibit certain companies from selling youth-appealing, flavored disposable e-cigarettes and flavored e-liquids without authorization.
  • Several states and communities have restricted the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol-flavored products.
  • E-cigarettes are also advertised using the same themes and tactics that have been shown to increase youth initiation of other tobacco products, including cigarettes. In 2016, about 7 in 10 middle school and high school students (69.3%)—more than 18 million youth—said they had seen e-cigarette advertising.
  • Widespread advertising for e-cigarettes, including via media for which advertising for conventional tobacco products is prohibited (e.g., TV), and the lower costs of some e-cigarettes relative to regular cigarettes has contributed to use among youth.
  • Many youth also report using e-cigarettes because they are curious about these products.
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What Is in E-cigarette Aerosol?

  • E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”
  • The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:
    • Nicotine
    • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
    • Flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
    • Volatile organic compounds
    • Cancer-causing chemicals
    • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead1
  • The aerosol that users inhale and exhale from e-cigarettes can expose both themselves and bystanders to harmful substances.
  • It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.
E-cigarette aerosol can contain harmful ingredients such as volatile organic compounds; nicotine; ultrafine particles; cancer-causing chemicals; heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead and flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical link to serious lung disease.
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What Are the Other Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.
  • Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.1
  • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.
  • Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes. Nationally, approximately 50% of calls to poison control centers for e-cigarettes are for kids 5 years of age or younger.
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Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • 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.1
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Does too much sugar cause health problems in children?

It can. Food and drinks that are high in added sugars have extra calories and may have few nutrients.  Too many sugary foods and sweet drinks can make children feel full and leaves less room for healthy foods.  Too much sugar can also lead to cavities if children do not brush their teeth regularly. Sugar is often blamed for behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children.  However, studies have not shown that eating sugar makes a difference in the behavior of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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GLORIA HICKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ZOOM AND FACE TO FACE STUDENTS VAPING PRESENTATION 2021

Thank you Coaches very much to let us be apart of your Zoom PE Classes!

The students were awesome and participated in all the questions and discussions after our videos and presentations. We had 165 students in Zoom today. The students were grades 4th-5th. Some students were in the school Face to Face Instructions and others were on Zoom. Today we talked about E-Cigarettes, Vaping, and Julling. It has become more and more popular these days especially with the Pandemic the World is facing. The fact that each POD in a E-Cigarette = 20 regular Cigarettes is alarming. The ammonia and poison that is used in the pods are very dangerous and will cause Lung issues and possibly cancer. Please Educate yourself about the dangers of any kind of smoking!

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DAWSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ZOOM AND FACE TO FACE STUDENTS VAPING PRESENTATION 2021

Thank you Coaches very much to let us be apart of your Zoom PE Classes!

The students were awesome and participated in all the questions and discussions after our videos and presentations. We had 110 students in Zoom today. The students were grades 4th-5th. Some students were in the school Face to Face Instructions and others were on Zoom. Today we talked about E-Cigarettes, Vaping, and Julling. It has become more and more popular these days especially with the Pandemic the World is facing. The fact that each POD in a E-Cigarette = 20 regular Cigarettes is alarming. The ammonia and poison that is used in the pods are very dangerous and will cause Lung issues and possibly cancer. Please Educate yourself about the dangers of any kind of smoking!

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