Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:47

A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC

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A new public health epidemic is sweeping the nation one puff at a time according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Vaping and e-cigarettes are on the rise since they entered the market in 2007, especially with youth. But who is the Surgeon General and why should we listen to him? The Surgeon General is our "Nations Doctor and provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury". According to the Surgeon General,"Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine – the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products". Nicotine is harmful. The Know the Risks website explains that nicotine "can cause nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning". One of the most common e-cigarettes for youth is a brand called JUUL which contains a salt based nicotine in its flavored pods. However, according to the Surgeon General's advisory, "approximately two thirds of JUUL users aged 15-24 do not know that JUUL always contains nicotine".If the health risks of nicotine aren't enough of a deterrent then remember JUUL and all other forms of nicotine are also illegal. For more information about the laws visit our Law section.