Feb 19

Know the Risks of E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes, also known as E-Cigs, Vapes, or Pens, are devices that heat liquid into an aerosol that the user can inhale. The liquid typically has nicotine, flavors, and other additives.

Young adults use E-Cigarettes more than any other tobacco product. Many kids are attracted to the candy-like flavors, such as strawberry, mint, and chocolate and do not realize there are harmful and addictive chemicals inside.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Kids' brains continue to grow until they are 25 years old; nicotine and other chemicals in E-Cigarettes could have a long-term impact on their brains.
  • Kids' growing brains make them more at risk of becoming addicted to E-Cigarettes and other tobacco products.
  • E-Cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals. These include addictive nicotine, flavoring chemicals, which have been linked to serious lung disease, benzene, a chemical in car exhaust, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
  • As a trusted adult, it is important for you to have the knowledge and skills to talk to your child about E-Cigarettes. Use this tip sheet to get started: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

Ask your child what they have learned about medicines, drugs, and how to say "No!" in The Great Body Shop.