The Dangers of E-cigarettes
As the use of traditional cigarettes has declined in recent years, many people are experimenting with e-cigarette products also known as; vape pens, vaporizers, hookah pens, tank system, mods, Juul, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), without being aware of the risks and the potential for future nicotine addiction.
WHAT ARE E-CIGARETTES?
E-cigarettes are battery-powered heating devices that deliver liquid nicotine – the addictive component in all tobacco products, flavors, and other chemicals to users in the form of an aerosol. E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless "water vapor". The aerosol from e-cigarettes emit lower levels of dangerous toxins such as heavy metals, ultrafine particulate, and cancer-causing agents.
The liquids added to e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and other ingredients. Some e-cigarette manufacturers claim these ingredients are safe because they meet the FDA definition of “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for foods additives. However; they are NOT safe or approved for inhalation and effects of many of these inhaled ingredients are largely unknown.
Many e-liquids contain nicotine. Nicotine is a poison and can be absorbed through the skin or ingested. E-liquids come in 7,700 different appealing flavorings such as; cotton candy and gummy bear that seem harmless, but use may lead to long term nicotine addiction and other tobacco initiation.
In January, 2010, New Jersey passed a law which bans the use of “electronic smoking devices” in public places and workplaces (amended the 2006 NJ Smokefree Air Act), and bans the sale of electronic smoking devices to persons 19 years and younger. In November, 2017, New Jersey raised the age for buying e-cigarettes and all tobacco products to 21.
NJ STATE LAW
The “Don’t Get Vaped In” Training Manual includes three complete curriculums:
1) Adult to Adult training: School personnel, parents and community with Don’t Get Vaped In: The Next Generation of Tobacco Addiction
2) Adult to Youth training: Health teachers, prevention educators and other adults teaching youth utilizing the Don’t Get Vaped In curriculum; and
3) Youth to Youth training
In 2016, Food Drug Administration finalized a rule extending CTP's regulatory authority to cover all tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that meet the definition of a tobacco product. FDA now regulates the manufacture, import, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of ENDS, including components and parts of ENDS but excluding accessories.