E-cigarettes and vaping devices have become an almost ubiquitous – and dangerous – trend among
youth that has reached epidemic proportions. Over the past several years, e-cigarettes were the most
commonly used tobacco product by youth. In fact, more than 2 million middle and high school
students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017. Health Centers and community organizations will
have to develop campaigns and put resources to educate youth that using e-cigarettes, just like
cigarettes, puts them at risk for addiction and other health consequences because nicotine can rewire
the brain to crave more nicotine, particularly because adolescent brains are still developing. In addition,
e-cigarettes, among other things, can contain dangerous chemicals such as: acrolein, a chemical that can
cause irreversible lung damage; formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical; and toxic metal particles, like
chromium, lead and nickel, which can be inhaled into the lungs.
Learning Objective: During this session, we will explore the prevalence of the use Electronic Nicotine
Devices (ENDs) in Public Housing, what factors lead to youth smoking, communication methods to
inform young adults of the risks and harms of tobacco use and other psychoactive substance that can be
delivered through ENDs.