The KY Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program announced a new resource to help teens quit vaping, smoking, or using other tobacco products. This is a free, confidential quitline and program specifically for kids ages 17 and under.
As of February 18, 2020, 2,807 cases of e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 2 U.S. territories.
68 Deaths have been confirmed in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The CDC continues to investigate these lung injuries.
10 confirmed EVALI cases in Kentucky as of February 21, 2020. The Kentucky Department for Public Health is investigating a growing number of cases of severe lung injury related to e-cigarette use, also known as vaping.
A product that has been marketed as a safe alternative to smoking is proving to not be safe at all. The use of E-cigarettes and Vaping Devices is particularly common in youth and young adults, which is especially harmful:
- The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
- E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
- Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future
I Just Didn't Know!
Claire, a student from Henry County, KY, speaks candidly about e-cigarettes and the truth about their contents. E-cigarettes have become wildly popular among middle and high school students. Many people believe that e-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to cigarettes and are just water vapor, but that is simply not true!
Think Vaping is Harmless?
E-cig vapor contains toxic metals and chemicals harmful to your lungs. It also contains addictive nicotine that can impact mental development and harm memory. Get the facts!