Raising Awareness About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes have been in the news lately as the Food and Drug Administration issued an order banning Juul from selling its e-cigarette products in the United States. This ban was quickly appealed and the FDA ruled to temporarily allow Juul to continue to selling vaping products while a review is completed.

Sadly, teen vaping still continues to be on the rise. In 2021, 2 million middle and high school students reported current use of e-cigarettes. Today’s youth need to understand the dangers associated with vaping and the long-term effects it can have. The brain is actively developing into the early to mid-20s, and vaping can stunt brain development. Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future. Vaping e-cigarettes can also have long-term effects on the lungs and heart.

It is vital that we speak to our children about the dangers of e-cigarettes. One of the cornerstones of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is encouraging open communication. PDFNJ research has found that parents who talk with their children an average of 15 minutes per day have children that are 67 percent less likely to get involved with drugs or alcohol.

PDFNJ’s free 15 Minute Child Break Program offers an interactive, multimedia webinar that informs, encourages and empowers parents, educators and caregivers to effectively communicate with children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The webinar is available in both English and Spanish. If you would like to learn more about our Child Break program or would like to schedule it for your organization, please click here.

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