In light of the recent study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showing that e-cigarette use is a factor in prediabetes, it is more important than ever for people to realize that vaping is not a safe alternative, and something a young person or non-smoker should never consider using. E-cigarettes contain variable and often high amounts of nicotine, and people who vape may not realize how much nicotine they are taking in. Nicotine addiction in a developing brain predisposes it for future addiction to pain medications and other illicit drugs.
People who started using nicotine products in their early teens are significantly more likely to become addicted to prescribed pain medication after suffering an injury. Preventing the use of electronic cigarettes/vaping by young people would decrease their likelihood of becoming addicted to dangerous substances in their future.
Programs to help young people with their addiction to electronics cigarettes are now available, but never starting is by far the preferable course of action.
Many communities adopted smoke-free park policies before e-cigarettes came on the market, and should now consider adding e-cigarettes to their policy to prevent the negative role modeling of these products where young people play and to eliminate the associated litter. If you would like your park to become tobacco free, or if you would like more information on e-cigarettes and programs to help people quit, contact BRiDGES Tobacco Prevention Education Program at 315–697–3947, ext. 817.
The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control funds BRiDGES Tobacco-Free Program of Madison, Oneida and Herkimer Counties to increase support for New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement. Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven, and cost-effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit, and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. The program is administered by BRiDGES, the Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Inc.