Surgeon General and Electronic Cigarettes
The U.S. Surgeon General has released a report on the dangers of e-Cigarettes for the first time. This is significant because the amount of young people using e-cigarettes continues to rise as users and manufacturers continue to promote them under the false pretense that it’s too early to know if they are dangerous or not.
Here is what the Surgeon General has confirmed:
There is no safe level of nicotine. E-cigarettes are new, but nicotine is not. The Surgeon General’s office has published 33 reports in 53 years on the dangers of using tobacco products. Nicotine harms the developing brain, which continues from the fetal stage all the way until age 25.
Inhaling aerosol is not safe: aerosol contains chemicals and ultra fine particles that are very dangerous to inhale, even second hand. Heavy metals and other toxic substances known to cause cancer and lung disease make their way into your body this way.
Research suggests that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products, as well as certain drugs and alcohol. There is no evidence to support the claim that e-cigarettes help to prevent youth from using standard tobacco products.
You can read more about the Surgeon General’s findings here: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/getthefacts.html
The e-cigarette industry is a multi billion dollar enterprise, and millions are spent every year advertising to teens and even those younger through the marketing of rock concerts and flavors meant to appeal to children. It is critical that we spread the word and educate our youth on the dangers of e-cigarettes, as so many of them continue to use the devices under the assumption that they are safe.
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