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Many teens believe vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, but it's not!

Part of the problem is they don't realize what's in vaping products.

What's Really in an E-Cigarette?

  • Nicotine, which is addictive and can harm
    brain development 

  • Ultrafine particles are inhaled deep into lungs 

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

  • Volatile organic compounds 

  • Cancer-causing chemicals 

  • Chemicals that can lead to heart disease, COPD and asthma

  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead

Secondhand vapor is harmful too!

According to the American Lung Association, "In 2016, the Surgeon General concluded that secondhand emissions contain, "nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead."

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Same Flavors, Different Forms -

Oral Nicotine Pouches & Lozenges.

A new type of flavored nicotine product is gaining popularity - oral nicotine pouches and lozenges. Zyn and Velo are a couple of the leading brands in this category. These products come in a variety of enticing flavors like citrus, berry, mint and menthol. Zyn's marketing often suggests flavor pairings, like the coffee and donuts photo below. These products are very concerning since we know flavors appeal to youth. 

A 2020 survey from Truth Initiative showed that
13% of 15-24 year olds were past 30-day users of pouches. 
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63% of JUUL users between 15 and 24 years old didn't know that the product always contains nicotine, according to a 2018 study.




1 pack of cigarettes

(20 cigarettes) 

~20 mg of nicotine


1 JUUL pod

Comes in two sizes - 3% and 5%

3% = 23 mg of nicotine

5% = 40 mg of nicotine

(Equivalent to 20 - 40 cigarettes.)

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1 puff bar

Uses nicotine salts and delivers higher levels of nicotine.

Each bar = 50 mg of nicotine

(Equivalent to 50 cigarettes)


The number of young people who vape has decreased, however there are still

3.6 Million youth are still currently using e-cigarettes in the US. (source)


According to data from The Hub, 2018/2019 youth surveys showed that teens in our region perceive vapes to be far less harmful than cigarettes. 

  • A 2017 youth survey in a local suburb found 25% of freshman and sophomores and 45% of juniors and seniors reported vaping in the last month.

  • Another youth survey in a local city found 12% of high school students vaped marijuana in the past month. 

3.6 Million youth are currently using e-cigarettes

in the United States.

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Vaping Increases Risk

of COVID-19

  • Tobacco use makes it easier for the COVID virus to attach to lung cells when it enters..

  • Smoking and vaping damage the cilia (hairlike structures that line the lungs to help move air throughout the lungs), which makes it easier for the virus to enter the lungs.

  • Smoking and vaping damage certain types of white blood cells that help fight infections. 

  • Many tobacco flavorings, including menthol, prevent lung and airway cells from fight infections as effectively. (Source)

According to Truth Initiative, “research from Stanford University that shows teens and young adults who have vaped may be up to five times more likely to test positive for the virus than their non-vaping peers. Yet only 44% of young people think vaping and COVID-19 infections are linked, according to new Truth Initiative research.”

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