ACMH Hospital has launched an innovative and necessary community awareness campaign designed to alert parents and teens/tweens about the dangers of e-cigarette use and vaping. As part of the campaign, ACMH is communicating this vital prevention message via social media, printed media and public speaking events throughout the region. The health and safety information contained here has been sourced through numerous reputable and well-established entities such as the American Lung Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Let's clear the air... Vaping is not the 'safer' alternative for you or your kids.
It’s dangerous, addictive and full of unanswered questions.
The brain is the last organ in the human body to develop fully. Brain development continues until the early to mid-20s. Nicotine exposure during periods of significant brain development, such as adolescence, can disrupt the growth of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction. Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.
The effects of nicotine exposure during youth and young adulthood can be long-lasting and can include lower impulse control and mood disorders. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can prime young brains for addiction to other drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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MYTH -Vaping is a healthy alternative to cigarettes.
FACT - Vape e-juice may contain nicotine, chemicals that cause cancer, and can lead to health problems including wheezing, coughing, sinus infections, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and asthma.
MYTH - Vaping has nothing to do with smoking regular cigarettes.
FACT - Young people who took up vaping were more than four times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes a year later, according to one study.
MYTH - It’s just harmless water vapor.
FACT - It’s not harmless, and it’s not just water vapor. It may contain toxins, potentially cancerous agents and dangerous chemicals like diacetyl, which is known to cause a potentially fatal lung disease called popcorn lung. It most often contains a combination of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings and nicotine.
MYTH - Vapes don’t contain nicotine.
FACT - A 2015 study found that 99 percent of e-cigarettes sold in U.S. convenience stores, supermarkets, and similar outlets contained nicotine, the same highly addictive substance that is found in regular cigarettes. 100 percent of JUULs – teens’ top choice for vaping devices – contain nicotine. And each JUUL pod contains the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.
More evidence that e-cigs cause asthma on top of the effects of smoking cigs. University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control and Education. Retrieved from https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/more-evidence-e-cigs-cause-asthma-top-effects-smoking-cigs
E-cigarette use as a predictor of cigarette smoking: results from a 1-yearfollow-up of a national sample of12th grade students. Retrieved from http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/01/04/tobaccocontrol-2016-053291?papetoc
Farsalinos KE, Kistler KA, Gillman G, Voudris V., Evaluation of Electronic Cigarette Liquids and Aerosol for the Presence of Selected Inhalation Toxins. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014; 17:168-74.
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Key Facts; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://chronicdata.cdc.gov/Policy/Electronic-Nicotine-Delivery-Systems-Key-Facts-Inf/nwhw-m4ki/data
Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States,2015. American Journal of Public Health. Retrieved from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303660?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&
ACMH Hsopital has launched a social media campign to reach area youth and alert them to the danges or vaping and e-cigarettes. You can join us in spreading the word by sharing the messages on the ACMH FACEBOOK PAGE.
PRESENTING THE FACTS:
PROVIDING HEALTH INFORMATION:
The Inhalation of Harmful Chemicals Can Cause Irreversible Lung Damage and Lung Disease
· A study from the University of North Carolina found that the two primary ingredients found in e-cigarettes—propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin—are toxic to cells and that the more ingredients in an e-liquid, the greater the toxicity.
· E-cigarettes produce a number of dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. These aldehydes can cause lung disease, as well as cardiovascular (heart) disease.
· E-cigarettes also contain acrolein, a herbicide primarily used to kill weeds. It can cause acute lung injury and COPD and may cause asthma and lung cancer.
· Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have warned about the risks of inhaling secondhand e-cigarette emissions, which are created when an e-cigarette user exhales the chemical cocktail created by e-cigarettes.
· 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."
SOURCE: American Lung Association
Popcorn lung is a medical condition that damages the bronchioles, the lung's smallest airways. Over time, inflammation associated with popcorn lung causes lung tissues and airways to scar and narrow, causing breathing difficulties.
ITMAY SOUND FUNNY... BUT IT'S NO LAUGHING MATTER.
According to the American Lung Association, using electronic cigarettes or vaping, particularly the flavored varieties, can cause popcorn lung. A 2015 study of flavored e-cigarettes found that 39 out of 51 tested brands contained dactyl, which is commonly identified as a cause of popcorn lung. Manufacturers add diacetyl to the "e-juice" that is vaporized by e-cigarettes, most commonly to the strongly-flavored varieties. Diacetyl occurs in a wide range of different flavored e-cigarette products, ranging from vanilla to caramel and coconut.