Vaping

Source: CDC

Facts About Vaping in the United States
 

  • E-cigarettes are devices that operate by heating a liquid solution to a high enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol that is inhaled.

  • Solutions, sometimes called e-liquids, typically include nicotine, flavoring and a humectant, such as propylene glycol, to retain moisture and create an aerosol when heated. This flavoring is only FDA-approved for oral consumption, not inhaling.

  • Although it's referred to as "vaping," e-cigarettes produce an aerosol, not a vapor. The aerosol can contain tiny chemical particles from both the liquid solution and the device (e.g., metals from the heating coil).

  • A recently published Truth Initiative study found that among current youth and young adult JUUL users, only 37% knew that the product always contains nicotine.

  • The 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 11.7% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.

  • Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to begin smoking traditional cigarettes. 

  • 60% of teens believed e-cigarettes were comprised of mostly flavoring; however 98.7% contain nicotine. 

  • A single JUUL cartridge is roughly equal to a pack of cigarettes.
     

Source: Truth Initiative.

Source: Truth Initiative

Advocacy

  • The Committee on Children will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1C of the LOB. 
    *H.B. No. 5334 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ONLINE SALE AND DELIVERY OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS. 

  • The Public Health Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1D of the LOB. 
    *S.B. No. 244 (RAISED) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF CIGARETTES, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS BY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND PHARMACIES. 

Resources
 

Smoking, Vaping, and COVID-19

  • Those with lung disease are at increased risk of worse coronavirus infection.

  • Coronavirus can be passed through saliva. Don't share vapes, e-cigs, cigarettes, bongs or joints with other people.

  • Smoking and/or vaping any substance may increase lung irritation and your risk of viral infection.

  • To help stop smoking and/or vaping, you can call your clinicians for advice and check out these resources:

Source: Yale Division on Addictions

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