This week 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 November 5, 2019, 2,051* cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory.
39 Deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The CDC continues to investigate these lung injuries.
3 confirmed cases in Kentucky as of Nov. 8, 2019.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is investigating a growing number of cases of severe lung injury related to e-cigarrette 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!