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 Practioners

 

General E-cigarette Information for Physicians

 

Handouts on General E-Cigarette Information for Physicians

 

Clinical Tools for Supporting Youth Tobacco Cessation

 

Advocacy/Policy Spotlight

 

State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI)

 

Legislation Highlight

 

Ideas and Resources for Partnering with the Community and Educators

E-Cigarette Use Rates in Teens

Download this graphic: It’s not like you can buy a new brain (pdf)

Resources for Parents & Youth

 

General e-Cigarette Information for Patients/Parents

 

Handouts on E-cigarettes for Parents

 

Tobacco Cessation Resources for Parents/Youth

  • Become a Smokefree Teen (National Institutes of Health; tools and tips for youth; also available in Spanish)

  • This is Quitting (Truth Initiative; text message-based cessation support service for teens)

  • The Ex Program (Truth Initiative; tobacco cessation program for organizations)

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: "Addicting a New Generation" (a segment from VAPE, a documentary by Emmy-award winning Christopher Productions. Go to https://nmvape.info/ for more information on the video and the education/prevention campaign.)

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