Talk to youth about tobacco and nicotine.
- Did you know that it is illegal for anyone under 21 in Virginia to purchase, use or possess any tobacco or nicotine product? It is also illegal for anyone to purchase tobacco products for (or sell to) underage youth.
- If you talk to youth early and often about substance use (including tobacco and nicotine), they are more likely to respect your rules and advice. So, where to begin? Educate yourself!
- E-cigarettes (also called e-cigs, vapes, mods, Juuls, NJoy, Puff Bars, pods, Suorin, Tank Systems and ENDS/Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. and Chesterfield County youth. E-cigs can even be used to deliver marijuana (THC) and other drugs.
- 99% of all e-cigs use e-juice containing nicotine (extracted from tobacco), which is the addictive drug in other tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars. E-cigarettes heat nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals to create an aerosol — not water vapor— that is inhaled into the lungs.
- Nicotine in any form is highly addictive. One Juul pod has the equivalent amount of nicotine as a pack of 20 cigarettes. Ingesting large amounts of nicotine could lead to nicotine toxicity, “nic sick.” Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and fluctuating blood pressure.
“Safer” does not mean safe. To learn more, visit the following websites:
- CDC E-Cigarettes + Lung Injury Outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/
- Operation Parent: https://operationparent.org/
- Surgeon General’s Report on E-Cigarettes: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov
- American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/ healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/keeping-your-kids-tobacco-free.html