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Wednesday, August 15 • 9:45am - 11:15am
E-Cigarettes and Youth: An Alarming Trend | ROOM 131

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In December of 2016, the Surgeon General recognized e-cigarette use (vaping) among youth as a public health threat. “It is important to prevent harm to youth and young adults from e-cigarettes. We know enough to take action now to protect the health of our nation’s young people. Everyone has a role, including parents, health care providers, teachers, and others who work with and care about young people.”
E-cigarette use (also known as vaping) among Utah youth has increased by 573% since 2011 and e-cigarettes are the most common illegal substance used by Utah youth. These products provide an incredibly powerful pathway to a life riddled with addiction. These devices are also used to vape other harmful substances such as marijuana. This past December, the Utah Poison Control Center sent out a release regarding numerous calls of people becoming ill after vaping certain products laced with a dangerous and illegal substance known as “spice.” Poison Control confirmed that 25% of these calls were for youth under the age of 18 and five of these youth required medical treatment. Several of these students were from the Granite School District and were taken from school to a hospital in an ambulance.
Because many adults have been given false information and don’t fully understand what vaping devices are, it is important that clear language be used in warning youth about these products. This will better equip teachers and parents to discuss this issue with their children. Most youth we serve know what these products are, but they do not put two and two together when it comes to applying the smoking prevention messaging they receive to these products. This may occur for several reasons, including:
• Today’s youth are the greatest generation when it comes to avoiding cigarette use, thanks in large part to smoking prevention efforts. However, youth don’t see vaping as tobacco use; they don’t even call these products e-cigarettes—they call them mods, drippers, e-hookahs, vape sticks, 18650s (the battery size), Juuling, etc.
• E-cigarettes don’t smell like regular cigarettes; they come in adolescently-appealing flavors like Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch—a recent focus group in Utah found that these fun flavors are the primary reason youth try and continue to use these products.
• The vaping/e-cigarette industry has done a great job of spreading lies about these products such as “it’s just water vapor” and “it’s completely safe.” Middle school and high school children are the most vulnerable to addiction (due to the physiology of brain development, peer pressure, and stress), and, therefore, they are the primary targets of the vaping industry.
• Many people don’t realize vaping and using an e-cigarette are the same things; they mistakenly think only e-cigarettes contain nicotine.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 9:45am - 11:15am
Cottonwood 5758 S 1300 E, Murray, UT 84121
  • Session Duration 90
  • Audience Sec