Challenges and Opportunities
As of 2018, only 4.1% of the students of Sullivan County reported smoking a regular cigarette. But 15.9% of Sullivan County youth reported using a electronic-cigarette during the past 30 days. This is a huge increase and maybe an undercount according to key informant interviews from current students. They stated they thought that possibly 70% of their classmates were using or at least had tried an electronic cigarette.
Alert: Sudden Severe Lung Illness Related to Vaping
As of 8/26/19: 193 potential cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette product use had been reported by 22 states. CDC is providing consultation to state health departments about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses possibly related to e-cigarette product use, or “vaping,” primarily among adolescents and young adults. Many states have alerted CDC to possible (not confirmed) cases and investigations into these cases are ongoing.
E- Cigarette like JUUL, Suorin, and Phix use nicotine salts or liquid in a pod based system to deliver nicotine as it's heated. Youth have stated that up to 70% of high school students are using these devices.
The chemicals in these devices are NOT water vapor. It is an aerosol that contains propylene glycol, benzoic acid, nicotine, and other chemicals for the flavorings.
E-cigarettes like JUUL, Sourin, and PHIX contain higher levels of nicotine per pod than cigarettes. Nicotine is highly addictive to the adolescent brain. These young developing brains are very susceptible to addiction.
Signs of withdrawal can be: anxiety, irritability, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, frustration, anger, increased hunger, insomnia, constipation or diarrhea. While some of these symptoms can be caused by being a teenager, changes in behavior should be monitored and you should always talk to your young person about electronic cigarettes and the dangers of using these products.
NICOTINE USE IN ADOLESCENTS is associated with developing mental health disorders like depression and panic disorders; lowered academic success and IQ and possible addiction to other substances.The nicotine content in these devices is high. One JUUL pod contains the equivalent of 1 pack of cigarettes. The higher the content, the quicker the addiction which can lead to using combustible cigarettes later.
These devices can be also be used for other substances like marijuana and bath salts (synthetic marijuana).
It is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess e-cigarettes or tobacco of any kind. It is also against the rules at school and they can be referred to court for possession and use of tobacco/ nicotine containing products.
SECOND HAND SMOKE is an important health concern for adolescents and can cause them to be at risk for the same health risks a smokers.