seeing through the smoke

escape the vape

 

WHAT ARE E-CIGS?

E-cigs, or vapes, are battery-powered devices that deliver harmful nicotine and flavoring in the form of an aerosol that a user inhales and exhales. They come in many shapes and sizes. While some vape devices are made to look like regular cigarettes, many could easily be mistaken for other everyday items, like USB flash drives and pens.

HOW DO E-CIGS WORK?

E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.

Anatomy of a Vaping Device

LEARN THE COMPONENTS

The liquid used in

e-cigs often contains nicotine and flavorings. This liquid is sometimes called “e-juice,”

“e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”

Users inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales it into the air.

E-cigarette devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

Other names for e-cigs include: vapes, vape pens, JUULs  (pronounced Jewels), e-hookahs, 

e-pipes, e-cigars,

mods, or tank systems

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

  • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease

  • Volatile organic compounds

  • Cancer-causing chemicals

  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead 1

 

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.

 

WHAT IS IN FLAVORED E-LIQUID?

WHAT IS JUUL?

  • JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled.

 

  • All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.

 

  • News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.

 

  • Although JUUL is currently the top-selling e-cigarette brand in the United States, other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL.

 

Many vapors report increased thirst.

If their room smells artificially sweet,

don’t assume it’s a scented candle.

DECEIVING DEVICES:

CAN YOU SPOT THE E-CIGS?

E-cig devices are made to be discrete. What might look like a highlighter or set of car keys may actually be a vaping device.

 

Nosebleeds are common among JUUL users.

There is often a heightened caffeine sensitivity.

Our friends at Clearway MN have created two awesome interactive photos below to demonstrate just how difficult it can be to spot vaping devices among their supplies.

Visit www.missingitmn.org to see these photos live and for more information.

 

... so how are teens getting it? ....
Vape products are all over social media, and many promote the sale of their products right from their accounts.
Website age gates are easily bypassed, and kids use a parent’s name for shipping. In fact, kids successfully buy
e-cigs online 94% of the time.
Clerks at tobacco shops, vape stores, gas stations and convenience stores might not enforce the law to not sell to anyone under 21 years old. 
Many vape companies have names that wouldn’t raise a red flag on parents’ credit card statements.
Online orders can be delivered to Amazon lockers in supermarkets or convenience stores.
Orders can also be shipped to the homes where parent(s) are at work when the mail comes.

Early nicotine use in susceptible teens may lead to addiction and mulli-substance abuse, as well as mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, suicidallty. bipolar and schizophrenia."

 

- Tobacco21.org

TOBACCO

21

The City of Plymouth introduces new age of access laws.

Tobacco 21 is national campaign to raise awareness about the positive effects of raising the age of access of tobacco products to 21. The city of Plymouth  implemented Tobacco21 in July of 2018.

 

Our coalition feels strongly about this change based on the data. Research shows that raising the legal sale age from 18 to 21, would greatly reduce youth tobacco use and prevent kids from starting to smoke, according to a 2015 Institute of Medicine report. Notably, the report estimated there would be a 25 percent reduction in smoking initiation among 15-to-17-year-olds if the age to purchase tobacco were raised to 21.

Click to view more statistics from the Minnesota Department of Health.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/tobacco21

 
But it's safe right? .... Wrong.

Many teens do not understand the dangers of using vaping devices. Marketing campaigns label e-cigs as a cessation devices leading some teens to conclude that e-cigs are "safer".  However, there is no such thing a safe tobacco product.

 

1. E-CIGS USUALLY CONTAIN NICOTINE.

Nicotine is what makes tobacco products addictive. Be aware that some e-cigarettes that claim to be nicotine-free have been found to contain nicotine.

The brain is not fully developed until age 22 for girls and age 25 for boys. Early use of nicotine can harm brain development and pave a pathway for addiction of all kinds.

 

2. E-CIGS ARE HARMFUL TO TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS.

3. E-CIGS MAY BE FULL OF OTHER HARMFUL THINGS.

While e-cigs typically have fewer chemicals than regular cigarettes, many still contain heavy metals like lead, flavorings linked to lung disease, small particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, and cancer-causing chemicals.

*Formaldehyde gas, nickel, lead, nicotine, diacytol

Find out more about the risks of vaping. 
Read our blog.

According to the University of Michigan's 2017 Monitoring the Future study

 

NEARLY  1 in 3  HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

TRIED VAPING IN THE PAST YEAR.

so what are             going to do to help stop it?

 

YOU

 

 
The best thing we can do as parents to
prevent use is to talk to our child.

I  ______________________

PLEDGE TO TALK TO MY SON / DAUGHTER ABOUT VAPING AND THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF USE BEFORE THE  ________ DAY OF_______________ , 2019.

MAKE A PLEDGE.

There's never an ideal time, so look for opportunities when you and your child are together doing something.... maybe making dinner or working on a project. Before you dive in, read these tips to help calm your nerves.

- Do your homework. It's important to know what it is your talking about. Chances are, your child is going to know the lingo and all the inter workings of the product. It's important to build credibility.

- Come to the conversation with lots of open-ended questions.

Seek to understand if your child is or has used recently, and why.

 

- Be prepared to do a lot of listening (not judging). 

- Share, don't scare.  Share what you know about vaping and why it's harmful. Don't try to scare your child away from use. Educate them on how to make healthy decision to take care of themselves and their bodies. 

- Offer them ways to say no and teach them healthy ways of coping with stressful situations. Between peer pressure, academic pressure, changing hormones, changing sleep cycles; acknowledging that it's hard to be a teenager can help ease the situation and encourage your child to listen.

Make a pledge to talk to yours!

Download the guide from Partnership for Drug Free Kids to get more information before having your conversation.

 

You've found out your child is using. Now what?

The next step is to figure out if your child has become addicted, and if so, seek help. Do you know the signs of addiction?

WHAT IS NICOTINE?

Nicotine is the chemical found in tobacco products that is responsible for addiction. When you use tobacco, nicotine is quickly absorbed into your body and goes directly to your brain. Nicotine activates areas of the brain that make you feel satisfied and happy. Whether you smoke, vape, or dip, the nicotine you are putting in your body is dangerously addictive and can be harmful to your developing brain.

WHY IS NICOTINE DANGEROUS?

Nicotine can lead to addiction, which puts you at risk of becoming a lifelong smoker and exposing you to the many harmful chemicals in tobacco. These chemicals cause cancer and harm almost every organ in your body. Teens are especially sensitive to nicotine’s addictive effects because their brains are still developing. This makes it easier to get hooked. Using nicotine during your teen years can also rewire your brain to become more easily addicted to other drugs. Nicotine can have other long-lasting effects on your brain development, making it harder for you to concentrate, learn, and control your impulses.

flavors mask nicotine.
do you know what addiction looks like?

It can look different from person to person.

There is no one size fits all. 

 

Cravings or feeling like you really need to use tobacco.

This is one symptom someone who is 

addicted might experience.

 

Going out of your way to get tobacco.

This is one symptom someone who is

addicted might experience.

Feeling anxious or irritable if you want to use tobacco but can’t.

This is one symptom someone who is

addicted might experience.

Continuing to use tobacco because you find it hard to stop.

This is one symptom someone who is

addicted might experience.

NICOTINE INCREASES ADDICTION. ADDICTION INCREASES PROFITABILITY.
BIG TOBACCO HAS A 
READY TO QUIT?

The choice to quit vaping may be a easy, but the act of doing it might prove to be difficult. If your child is addicted to nicotine, they may experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal after they stop using vape devices. Craving vape, feeling sad or irritable, or having trouble sleeping are some common symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms are usually strongest in the first week after quitting, but they are only temporary. 

Smoke Free Teens

SmokeFreeTeen

www.teen.smokefree.gov

HOW TO QUIT.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Hazelden Betty Ford

www.hazeldenbettyford.org

HOW TO QUIT VAPING MARIJUANA

ANSR of Minnesota

ANSR

www.ansrmn.org

LOCAL RESOURCES

American Lung Association

American Lung 

www.lung.org

HOW TO QUIT.

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Truth Initiative

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This message brought to you by Partners in Prevention serving the Wayzata School District and surrounding communities.

 

Resources:

www.cdc.gov/tobacco

www.flavorshookkids.org

www.teen.smokefree.gov

www.fda.gov/tobacco

www.health.state.mn.us/tobacco

www.tobacco21.org

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