Florida’s experience fighting youth tobacco use
proves that community action is needed now to
combat the youth e-cigarette epidemic.
The brain develops until about age 25 and is more vulnerable to nicotine’s effects, including reduced impulse control, attention and cognition deficits, and mood disorders.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2016.
Though the increase in youth
e-cigarette use rates has slowed, 25.6% of high schoolers and 9.1% of middle schoolers are still using e-cigarettes.
Source: Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, 2019.
Using nicotine in your teens may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs or tobacco products.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2016. Accessed January 28, 2020.
The long-term effects of
e-cigarettes are unknown.
Source: Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults. Retrieved from https: //www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html.
E-cigarette aerosol can contain harmful substances like cancer-causing chemicals, propylene glycol, diacetyl, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
Source: Wieslander G, Norb€ack D, Lindgren T. Experimental exposure to pro-pylene glycol mist in aviation emergency training: acute ocular and respiratory effects. Occup Environ Med. 2001;58(10):649655.
Juul's flavored pods have been pulled from the market and its sales are declining, but new flavored products like Puff Bars, Stig and Smok, are becoming more popular and are quickly filling that void.
What are Puff Bars? Truth Initiative. February 14, 2020.
The e-cigarette industry is continuing to disregard the best interest of communities by manipulating its product design to get around FDA regulations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products Enforcement Priorities for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Other Deemed Products on the Market Without Premarket Authorization.
Want to learn more about
e-cigarettes and their risks?
Here are some great resources from our partners that can help you get started.
Download free End Teen Vaping resources, like posters, stickers, booklets and more, that can be shared with youth.
Spread the message!
Share videos on social media to share information
about how the community can get involved.
Looking for more resources?
Check out these resources from our partners that can help you
fight the youth e-cigarette epidemic within your community.
Durant High School Public Forum
Students and parents were invited to learn more about the effects of vaping during an anti-vaping session held at Durant High School in late 2019.
The information introduced during this
e-cigarette session included the health effects, legal repercussions and parental tips presented by different local speakers.
Members of the community gathered in Orange County for a public forum on vaping. They were able to hear from experts, ask questions and share their opinions with the Orange County Mayor.
End Teen Vaping is an initiative from the Florida Department of Health to help curb youth e-cigarette use. We provide free resources and up-to-date information to help educate youth through parents, educators, coaches, and counselors.
“Everyone can play an important role in protecting our nation’s young people from
the risks of e-cigarettes.”
-U.S. Surgeon General