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The Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County will host a seminar entitled ―E-Cigarettes, Trick or Treats‖ on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Ball State Alumni Center at 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie Indiana 47304.
Indiana has been a test market for at least seven new tobacco products in the past 12 years. Introduced in 2007, electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes ) are battery operated devices that claim to contain no tobacco, but are designed to look like conventional cigarettes. They are intended to be inhaled, (known as vaping), similar to how a smoker uses conventional cigarettes. In Indiana, about 24% of adults age 18-44 have tried e-cigarettes. Stay healthy. Be informed.
Attendees will learn the truth about Electronic-Cigarettes and Harm Reduction Products. This seminar will provide information on current research, health risks and findings relative to smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette use. The seminar will also shed light on the devices being used by school-age youth to disguise use in the classrooms and on school grounds as well as the health risk associated with their use. Information on the Tobacco Industry’s current marketing tactics, target and aim will present a clear picture of the future of these emerging products, the ways that their use are effecting social norms, circumventing federal laws and years of tobacco prevention efforts.
Anyone who wants to be well-informed about this topic is encouraged to attend. We hope that list will include; educators, legislators, health care professionals, parents, and the public.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an aerosol. Depending on the brand, e-cigarette cartridges typically contain nicotine, a component to produce the aerosol (e.g., propylene glycol or glycerol), and flavorings (e.g., fruit, mint, or chocolate) (1). Potentially harmful constituents also have been documented in some e-cigarette cartridges, including irritants, genotoxins, and animal carcinogens (1). E-cigarettes that are not marketed for therapeutic purposes are now unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and in most states there are no restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Use of e-cigarettes has increased among U.S. adult current and former smokers in recent years (2); however, the extent of use among youths is uncertain.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), e-cigarette experimentation and recent use doubled among U.S. middle and high school students during 2011–2012, resulting in an estimated 1.78 million students having ever used e-cigarettes as of 2012. Moreover, in 2012, an estimated 160,000 students who reported ever using e-cigarettes had never used conventional cigarettes.
This is a serious concern because the overall impact of e-cigarette use on public health remains uncertain. In youths, concerns include the potential negative impact of nicotine on adolescent brain development (4), as well as the risk for nicotine addiction and initiation of the use of conventional cigarettes or other tobacco products. The electronic cigarette market is now being ventured by ―Big Tobacco.‖
“The larger tobacco companies are manufacturing e-cigarettes and I believe that it is safe to assume that the Tobacco Industry is not now, nor has it ever been in the business of helping people stop smoking. Most are aware of its deceptive practices. Candy flavored vapor, hmm…wonder who they hope to attract with that ploy.” Jacey Foley, Coordinator, Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County.
It is important to note that, e-cigarettes have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they contain nicotine (the most addictive substance found in cigarettes), as well as other carcinogens and toxic chemicals. In September 2010, FDA issued a number of warning letters to electronic cigarette distributors for various violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act including ―violations of good manufacturing practices, making unsubstantiated drug claims, and using the devices as delivery mechanisms for active pharmaceutical ingredients.‖
While the health risks of e-cigarettes and exposure to passive vaping are yet unknown, we do know that there is evidence based tobacco prevention and cessation methods. To learn more about how to quit smoking call 1.800.Quit.Now or visit www.quitnow.com for free professional help.