Adolescent vaping is a growing problem and the rates are alarming and reaching epidemic proportions.
Advocate Now to Ban Access to Vaping Products
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will soon vote on an ordinance to amend County Code, Title 22 - Planning and Zoning, that will result in tobacco shops being prohibited in residential zones, within a certain distance of residential zones and within a certain distance from sensitive uses whose primary purpose is to serve children, such as elementary, middle and high schools, parks and youth centers.
PLEASE NOTE: New information is being uploaded. Please refer to this site often.
Coming soon: a toolkit with sample letters, emails, and telephone scripts.
Call to Action
Please call or visit your District Supervisor ( Refer to the resources listed below).
Every call counts. Every visit counts.
Let your District Supervisor know that teenage vaping is reaching epidemic proportions and is threatening the health of our youth.
Attend a Community Town Hall
Addressing Teenage Vaping - A Community Town Hall
March 21, 2019 / 3 - 5 PM in Torrance
The Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CA2) invites you to El Camino College on March 21, 2019 at 3 PM for a community-wide Town Hall addressing Flavored Liquid Vaping Products/E-Cigarettes use in youth. This event is in co-partnership with the County of Los Angeles Public Health Tobacco Control and Prevention Department - Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. This event is open to everyone!
Adolescent Vaping is a growing problem, and the rates are alarming and reaching epidemic proportions. A number of strategies have emerged to address this issue both at the individual level and in communities. Come learn about these strategies to combat adolescent vaping in your community.
“Flavoring agents, including menthol, cloves, fruit, and candy flavors, should be prohibited in tobacco products. Flavoring agents increase the appeal of tobacco products to youth.48,49 Tobacco use initiation and progression to dependence are more common with use of the flavored products. Menthol flavoring is particularly hazardous to children. Youth who initiate smoking with a menthol-flavored tobacco product are more likely to progress to dependence and to report higher levels of dependence.”
“E-cigarette solutions are often flavored, with thousands of unique flavors advertised. Popular options include fruit, candy, and dessert flavors and are appealing to children and youth. Availability of flavors is among the most prominently cited reasons for youth e-cigarette use. Studies reveal that candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more appealing than tobacco flavors to adolescents and young adults. Furthermore, adolescents perceive that e-cigarettes with flavors are less harmful than those with tobacco flavors, creating a potential misperception that e-cigarettes with flavors do not contain nicotine. Flavorings (other than menthol) have been banned in conventional cigarettes since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 because flavoring encourages youth experimentation and regular use and results in addiction.”
AAP Richmond Center for Excellence
The AAP Richmond Center for Excellence has some great resources on the dangers of e-cigarettes, including a customizable PowerPoint presentation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke. Clinicians, researchers, advocates, and families all play a critical role. The Richmond Center offers tools and resources to help clinicians and communities, as well as supports research and policy development to create a healthy environment for children, adolescents, and families.
Downloadable Fact Sheets
E-Cigarettes and Vaping:What Clinicians Need to Know
A 2009 federal law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, prohibited the sale of cigarettes with characterizing flavors other than menthol or tobacco, including candy and
fruit flavors. However, this prohibition did not apply to other tobacco products. In recent years, tobacco companies have significantly stepped up the introduction and marketing of flavored non- cigarette tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and cigars.
This report documents the widespread availability of these flavored other tobacco products and the scientific evidence demonstrating that flavors play a critical role in the popularity of these products among youth.
Please contact the Chapter if you have any questions. Chapter2@aap-ca.org (818) 422-9877