I want to share an important article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) titled, “Keep Kids E-Cigarette Free”. E-cigarettes, electronic devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid, are becoming extremely popular with our youth. Today’s e-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes and most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid. While some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, others look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.
As stated in the article:
“E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students, and USB-shaped e-cigarettes are increasing in popularity. As parents prepare to send their kids back to school, take time to learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes for young people.
E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”
Flavored e-cigarettes are very popular, especially among young people. More than 8 of every 10 youth aged 12-17 years who use e-cigarettes said they use flavored e-cigarettes. More than 9 of every 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets.”
Parents need to take action! You can start by learning about and talking to your children and teens about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Get the CDC’s “Talk With Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents”. We need to educate our young people about the harm that nicotine can do to their developing brain. Additionally, we need to let our kids know that we stand strong against them using any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, now or in the future.
Everyone needs to seek knowledge; become educated on this subject and get involved!