Teens & Ecigs


Appeal to Young People

Youth and young adults cite a variety of reasons for using e-cigarettes. These include:

  • Curiosity
  • Taste, including the flavors available in e-cigarettes
  • The belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than other tobacco products

Flavored e-cigarettes are very popular, especially with young adults. More than 9 of 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets. More than 8 of 10 youth ages 12-17 who use e-cigarettes said they use flavored e-cigarettes.

Teen Beliefs

Youth tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. But a recent national survey showed that more than 6 of 10 American teens believe that e-cigarettes cause little or only some harm as long as they are used sometimes but not every day. Nearly 20% of young adults believe e-cigarettes cause no harm, more than half believe that they are moderately harmful, and 26.8% believe they are very harmful.

Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to believe they cause no harm than those who have never used e-cigarettes.

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The Bottom Line

Nicotine exposure during adolescence, a critical period for brain development, can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.

Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people.

Because most tobacco use starts during adolescence, actions to protect our nation’s young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction are critical.

Working together, we can keep America’s youth and young adults safe from the dangers associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction.

Source:  Get the Facts on E-cigarettes | Know the Risks: E-cigarettes & Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s Report


Talk it out!!!

 April is National alcohol and substance abuse month. This is a month where organizations and individuals focus on bringing awareness and education to alcoholism and substance addiction. One of the most abused substances in today’s society is tobacco and tobacco related products. Take a moment to talk it out with your  child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

  Not sure what to say? Here is a help list below!
When you talk about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs:

  • Teach your child the facts.
  • Give your child clear rules.
  • Find out what your child already knows.
  • Be prepared to answer your child’s questions.
  • Talk with your child about how to say “no.”

The Shelby County Health Department would like to reinforce the conversation parents have started. #WeDontPuff is a youth tobacco prevention campaign that encourages youth to never start tobacco and/or tobacco products. If you are a leader of a youth group in Shelby County and want more information about #WeDontPuff contact Paul Richardson at (901) 222-9008.

Talking it out is also great for support quitting if you want to talk it out call the TN QUITLINE 1800QUITNOW