Vaping and e-Cigarettes

What are e-Cigarettes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine - the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products - flavorings and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air.
 
E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” Some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some resemble pens, USB sticks and other everyday items. E-cigarettes can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

e-cigarettes
 
It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

BCDAC, Inc. Vaping Prevention Toolkit  |  Vaping at a Glance Summary Sheet
 

What the data says about Bucks County students and vaping
  • 69% of 6th grade students reponded “I don’t know” to what substances they are vaping.

  • Bucks County student percentages for vaping just flavoring, nicotine, and marijuana or hash oil are all higher than state percentages.

  • Looking at the PAYS data from 2015 to 2017, 30-day vaping use increased in 8th, 10th and 12th grades.

Thanks to CB Cares Educational Foundation, Bucks County students are doing something about the dangers of vaping. Mason M., a Holicong Middle School student, was awarded first place in the CB Cares “Dangers of Vaping” public service announcement contest in March 2019. Students were asked to submit a video addressing the dangers and negative effects of vaping and ways to avoid peer pressure. Click here to view Mason's video.


Remember...
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.

  • It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start. 

Resources
 
Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.: Services include Professional Development/Community Presentations and a variety of prevention programs and presentations to parents, schools, and the community, including topics such as vaping/e-cigarettes. Contact: Melanie Swanson  |  mswanson@councilsepa.org  |  215-230-8218 ext. 3145

Tobacco Cessation Classes: These five-session programs are designed to help you quit smoking comfortably. For more information about where you can find a Stop Smoking Class near you, please click here