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District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar is urging youths NOT to use e-cigarettes.

What are E-Cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other ingredients to the user. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called “vaping.” E-cigarettes do not create harmless “water vapor” -- they create an aerosol that can contain harmful chemicals.

What are the Risks?

E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can:

  • Harm brain development
  • Impact learning, memory, and attention
  • Increase risk for future addiction to drugs

Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes

E-Cigarettes Contain Harmful Substances

  • Nicotine
  • Cancer-causing chemicals
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Ultrafine particles
  • Flavoring agents that have been linked to lung disease
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
  • Propylene glycol, glycerin, glycerol, propylee glycol, benzoic acid

Poison Looks Like This Dangers

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzoic acid is known to cause coughs, sore throat, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. For example, JUUL pods contain about 44.8mg/ml of benzoic acid, and normal e-cigs contain between .2 to 2mg/ml! 

JUUL pods contain a higher concentration of nicotine per pod. The numbers bring it to an amount almost double that received in alternatives like e-cigarettes. They also use a more potent form of chemically modified nicotine.

Resources to help you quit:

Quitting E-cigarettes can be tough, but there are many resources that provide resources and education on how to quit and stay E-cigarette free.

Telephone Counseling provides users with a quitting plan to help you work with a trained telephone counselor:

  • English: 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
  • Chinese: 1-800-838-8917
  • Korean: 1-800-556-5564
  • Spanish: 1-800-45-NO-FUME (1-800-456-6386)
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

For additional free resources, including a mobile app available for download  visit:

https://www.nobutts.org/free-services-for-smokers-trying-to-quit