Many questions remain about these products, and further study is needed to adequately determine any long-term risks as well as any potential benefits of their use.
Public health concerns about these products include the following:
- E-cigarettes are currently unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nearly 500 brands and 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes are on the market, all without an FDA evaluation.
- Youth use is skyrocketing. E-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP).
- Unrestricted marketing and advertising. E-cigarette company marketing tactics continue to mirror Big Tobacco’s old strategies such as using celebrity endorsements, sports, music festivals, sex appeal, candy flavoring, and brightly colored packaging to sell their products.
Bottom line, we do not want youth inhaling addictive chemicals, and adults should know which and how much addictive chemicals they are inhaling. Adults also deserve to have a comprehensive picture of the risks and potential benefits of using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool.
BPHCS has launched a public education campaign and toolkit to reach youth who have never smoked tobacco but are now experimenting with vaping, and adults who have switched from tobacco to vaping hoping that it will help them quit their addiction to nicotine.
Vaping/E-Cigarette Prevention Toolkit
The resources in this section are for any work site, business, or public place.
Whether you’re looking for basic information about vaping, or want to update/implement a tobacco-free workplace policy that includes e-cigarettes, we welcome you to use and share these tools.
Work Site and Business Resources:
Vaping – Basic Information Presentation
Sample Tobacco-Free Policy
Sample Letter to Employees for Policy
Sample Pay Stub Reminder Policy
Sample Tobacco Product DefinitionLanguage to Add to Existing Policy
E-Cig Fact Sheet from the Maine Public Health Association
Steps to Establishing a Workplace Tobacco-Free Policy
School and Youth-Serving Organization Resources:
Download the Vaping Awareness Youth Presentation Here
Sample Tobacco Product Definition Language to Add to Existing Policy
Sample Letter to Send Home to Parents and Students
E-Cig Fact Sheet from Maine Public Health Association
Vaping Basics Presentation
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