There have been thousands of illnesses and several deaths associated with the use of e-cigarettes. As a result, we echo the recommendation of the Centers of Disease Control that everyone refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products. Click here for more information about this illness.
Some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other everyday items. (source)
Here's what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:
If you currently use any e-cigarette products, stop.
Resources for Quitting:
- CDC's Quit Smoking Guide
- CoxHealth Tobacco Cessation Program
- Freedom from Smoking
- Missouri Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW)
- Nicotine Anonymous
- This is Quitting
- Insurance: Many health insurance agencies cover tobacco cessation. Consult your insurance provider for more information.
- Additional CDC Resources
And if you don't use e-cigarettes, don't start!
E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance that can harm adolescent brain development. The vapor from an e-cigarette can also contain other harmful chemicals.
If you are trying to quit smoking cigarettes, use an FDA-approved method instead.
Talk to your kids about vaping.
For teachers and school administrators: Vape-Free Schools Toolkit
E-cigarettes are easier to hide than traditional tobacco products, and many kids and teenagers don't realize there is a health risk. They are often marketed by promoting flavored vapors and targeting youth and young adults. E-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. Here are some tips for having this tough conversation.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first try cigarette smoking by age 18
- 1 of every 10 middle school students (10.5%) and more than 1 of every 4 high school students (27.5%)reported in 2019 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days.
- The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 3.6 million in 2018 to 5.3 million in 2019—a difference of about 1.7 million youth.
- In a recent study of Greene County middle and high school students, 65% of students were not aware that e-cigarettes contain nicotine.
- Click here for more youth and tobacco use statistics
Tobacco Product Use Among High School Students – 2018