The use of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in youth. Experts are now classifying them as a public health epidemic.
A Public Health Epidemic
Youth rates of e-cigarette use has skyrocketed. Experts are now classifying them as a public health epidemic. This epidemic has occurred in-part because the e-cigarette marketplace remains largely unregulated. In fact, tobacco industry companies continue to heavily advertise these products to young people, using methods that have long been prohibited for other tobacco products.
They oﬀer colorful and sleek product designs, some of which are designed to camouﬂage as pens, highlighters and makeup compact cases, and the e-liquid comes in thousands of ﬂavors. All of these combine as part of the attraction for youth who believe widespread claims that these products are not addictive and are safe to use.
The truth is, the “vapor” produced from these e-cigarettes is actually an aerosol containing nicotine, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals, among other things. Even those that claim to have no nicotine have been shown to contain nicotine. E-cigarettes can also cause unintended injuries. Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused ﬁres and explosions, some of which have resulted in serious injuries. In addition, acute nicotine exposure can be toxic. Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid. The CDC, MDHHS and local health departments are currently investigating an outbreak of lung injury associated with electronic cigarette use or vaping.
Eﬀective Sept 2, 2019, Michigan law prohibits sale to minors (under 18);
Prohibits possession and use by minors;
Requires containers to meet a minimum safety standard; and
Requires retail vapor products to be stored in a locked case or behind the counter.
For the latest information on e-cigarettes and related lung illnesses, visit www.michigan.gov or click here.
Author: By Dawn Razdioch