Teenage vaping is a growing problem and the rates are alarming and reaching epidemic proportions.
Advocate Now to Ban Access to Vaping Products
Vaping is now associated with serious lung injury and possible death, and many governmental leaders, including Governor Newsom and President Trump, have called for people to stop vaping. Locally, we have had many wins, as we have banned all tobacco sales in Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, and banned flavors in Los Angeles County and Long Beach, and many other cities are considering similar flavor bans. These local ordinances have also sparked other anti-tobacco legislation to come back, including smoking in public areas and smoking in multi-unit housing. We have a need to identify chapter members who can provide testimony about the hazards of smoking/vaping in local city council meetings around Los Angeles County and in other counties in our chapters. Please contact us if you are willing to attend your local or nearby city council meeting to provide testimony during public comment if a tobacco-related ordinance is being discussed.
Addressing the Dangers of Increased E-Cigarette Use Among Youth: A Call to Action for Clinicians
Published by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, September 2019
Many in the medical and public health communities are increasingly concerned with the use of electronic cigarette products (e-cigarettes) among youth. These electronic products, which are handheld devices designed to "deliver emissions for inhalation by heating a solution that commonly contains nicotine, a humectant, and flavoring chemicals" (i.e., designed for the act of vaping) are becoming all too common in youth sensitive areas such as schools, parks, and libraries. Read more...
In The News
“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