Part of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Take Down Tobacco is a year-long educational effort that peaks every March with Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action.
The Truth about Vapes
Vapes are not just harmless water vapor. They are actually a type of e-cigarette that usually contains nicotine. Besides nicotine, vapes/e-cigs/e-hookahs/JUULs/mods, can contain other harmful ingredients, including: ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease nicknamed Popcorn Lung, volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Not convinced? Click here to learn even more about the risks of e-cigarettes.
What is Nicotine?
Nicotine is the addictive chemical found in tobacco products. It is quickly absorbed when smoked, chewed or vaped, going directly to the brain, making the user feel happy and satisfied. This is what makes nicotine dangerously addictive. As tobacco use increases, the user is exposed to chemicals that harm nearly every organ in the body.
How You Can Help End the Vaping Epidemic
Educators and Coaches, start by learning more about e-cigarettes and vapes by reading this guide from the CDC. Then click here to ensure your school’s policy complies with Louisiana law, LA RS 17:240 (A) and (B), and to find resources for effective implementation. You can also take a look at the CDC's Evidence Brief: Tobacco Industry-Sponsored Youth Prevention Programs in Schools by clicking here.
Request a training or presentation for your school or organization by emailing email@example.com. Presentations include information on the health risks of vapes, nicotine dependence, tobacco industry advertising tactics and youth tobacco data. Many of these presentations are even youth-led! You can also present the material yourself by downloading this presentation PPT slidedeck and talking points designed by the CDC for teachers, health educators and coaches to educate youth on vaping and e-cigarettes.
- JUULs have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes!
- More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than any other drug.
- Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol.