The U.S. Surgeon General declared e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic and many of us now struggle with youth vaping issues in our communities. In response, the Massachusetts’s Department of Public Health has created this 2-minute video as an educational resource to help concerned adults learn about vaping, specific products, and the tactics the tobacco industry is using to introduce a new generation to nicotine addiction.
Many people do not understand that vaping products are not harmless; there is nicotine in them, even possibly in some of those that say they have none. Nicotine is highly addictive and can damage a young person’s developing brain. It changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning. Nicotine exposure can also lead to mood disorders, and can permanently lower impulse control.Please share this video widely—on your organization’s website, in waiting rooms, as a link in a newsletter, etc. Consider showing it at meetings to help quickly educate your staff and community.
Visit GetOutraged.org for more information about vaping and e-cigarettes, including how to talk with youth about vaping and a toolkit of resources for schools and community organizations.