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Guide to help you prevent the dangers of vaping

  • What’s in the new flavored tobacco law
  • Telltale signs of vaping
  • Get help if your teen is addicted
  • What schools are doing about the problem
  • Help teens uncover the facts
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THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY'S KIDS MENU IS GOING AWAY

BREAKING NEWS: California is ending the sale of flavored tobacco beginning January 1, 2021.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: COVID-19 can cause serious lung damage. Yet the tobacco industry keeps pushing flavored vapes on kids, putting them at risk for COVID-19 complications. Youth and young adult vaping is associated with 5 – 7x greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19. Explore this site with your teen to learn why vaping is more dangerous than ever.

NICOTINE = BRAIN POISON

The tobacco industry profits by hooking kids on flavored nicotine. When the product seems harmless, teen use rises. And nicotine’s changes to the brain could be permanent.

Flavors

The tobacco industry uses flavors to spark curiosity and mask the harshness of tobacco. Sadly, it works. 97% of kids who vape use flavors. What’s on the menu? Blue Razz, Pegasus Milk, and other tempting tastes, all made with flavor chemicals that may damage the lungs.

Nicotine

Many tobacco companies use nicotine salts in vapes rather than regular nicotine. Salts allow higher concentrations to be inhaled more easily and absorbed more quickly. Nicotine addiction can happen fast and can lead to substance abuse of all kinds.

Poison

Nicotine is poison for the adolescent brain. It changes the way connections form in the brain, which can interfere with kids’ attention and learning. It can increase anxiety, mood swings, and irritability at a developmental time when life is hard enough.

In the last 2 years, vaping has increased by 218% among middle schoolers and 135% among high schoolers

97% of kids who vape use flavors

Teens are nearly 7x more likely to vape nicotine than adults

Marijuana vaping among youth has increased by 58% in a single year

LOCAL WINS CREATE STATEWIDE POLICY CHANGE

Cities and counties across California have acted to remove flavored tobacco from their communities, and now the state has followed suit. California will end the sale of flavored tobacco, including vapes and menthol-flavored cigarettes, beginning January 1st, 2021. It’s a huge step in keeping kids from getting hooked on deadly tobacco products. The new law will also help save lives in the Black community. For decades, the tobacco industry has marketed menthol cigarettes to communities of color, leading to soaring rates of addiction, disease and death
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