E-Cigarettes

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Introduction

E-cigarette use among youth has quickly become the new epidemic our nation is facing. The adolescent brain is uniquely sensitive to the addictive nature of nicotine, potentially setting our youth up for a lifetime of nicotine addiction. Further exacerbating the problem is the multitude of enticing e-cigarette flavors, combined with targeted advertising to youth. For these reasons, it is not surprising that 1 in 4 youth report using e-cigarettes in the last month. What is our role as pediatricians, parents, or teachers to help mitigate this epidemic and its potentially devastating consequences?

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources for Practitioners

 

General E-cigarette Information for Physicians

 

Handouts on General E-Cigarette Information for Physicians

Clinical Tools for Supporting Youth Tobacco Cessation

 

Resources for Schools

  • Tobacco Prevention Toolkit (Stanford Medicine toolkit; theory-based and evidence-informed resources created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine)

  • CATCH My Breath (CATCH.org vaping prevention program; evidence-based and free to U.S. schools; 4 lessons per age group; 30-40 minutes per lesson; suitable for ages 10-18, grades 5-12)

  • The Real Cost of Vaping (Scholastic lessons, activities and more; cross-curricular resources have students analyze informational text, collect and present data, and evaluate marketing messages; suitable for grades 6-8 and 9-12; available in Spanish)

Advocacy/Policy Spotlight

AAP Statement on FDA Authorization of First E-Cigarette Product

 

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision yesterday to authorize the Vuse Solo e-cigarette to be legally sold in the United States is highly concerning. It is the first e-cigarette product authorized by FDA and is alarmingly the second most popular e-cigarette brand used by children. It’s FDA’s job to protect the health and safety of children, but with products such as this on store shelves, pediatricians are greatly concerned that young people will continue to fall victim to nicotine addiction...

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CDC National Youth Tobacco Survey 2021: E-Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students

Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youths. In 2020, an estimated 3.6 million (13.1%) U.S. middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes within the past 30 days (current use); more than 80% of current users reported flavored e-cigarette use. Whereas the most commonly used device type in 2019 and 2020 was a prefilled pod or cartridge, disposable e-cigarette use increased significantly during this time among youths who currently used e-cigarettes in middle school (from 3.0% to 15.2%) and high school (from 2.4% to 26.5%). 

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Resources for Parents & Youth

 

General e-Cigarette Information for Patients/Parents

  • THE FACTS on E-cigarette use Among Youth and Young Adults (CDC resource for parents; evidence-based facts on e-cigarettes and youth; also available in Spanish)

  • Truth Initiative (non-profit public health organization committed to making tobacco use a thing of the past)

  • Parents Against Vaping (PAVe) (grassroots organization founded by three moms in response to youth vaping epidemic)

  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the U.S. and around the world)

  • Resources for Parents (Protect Kids, a project of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; facts, teen stories on addiction, and tips for talking to your kids)

  • NM TUPAC (NM DOH's Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program; information and data on tobacco use and prevention; QUIT NOW promotional materials; available in Spanish)

 

Handouts on E-cigarettes for Parents

 

Tobacco Cessation Resources for Parents/Youth

Documentary and Education/Prevention Campaign

  • NM VAPE (Christopher Productions; a New Mexico-based campaign to help youth and parents address the dangers of e-cigarettes; includes a documentary as well as other tools created by youth for youth)

Video clip: "Flavor Dangers" (a segment from VAPE, a documentary by Emmy-award winning Christopher Productions. Go to https://nmvape.info/ for more information on this and other videos and the education/prevention campaign.)