Parents, students, and anyone else in Ottawa Hills with questions about vaping are encouraged to attend a free webinar on the topic.
The webinar is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and will be led by Dr. Patricia Purcell, president of the Kentucky Chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics. Attendees will receive an update on current trends, recent actions taken by the federal Food and Drug Administration to restrict access, and health risks faced by students using these devices.
“More research is coming out on illnesses related to vaping,” said Brooke Kleeberger, the district’s assistance program coordinator and drug and alcohol prevention specialist. “I'm afraid this is just the start of what we're going to learn over the next few years about this epidemic.”
The event is from 2-3 p.m. EST and is being organized by Operation Parent, a nonprofit that helps distribute “must know” material for anyone raising teens and preteens, “curated from leading experts and our own experiences as parents.” Click here to register
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nationally in 2018 one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students used e-cigarettes.
News reports about the dangers of vaping are increasing. This week, the state Department of Health sent information to every Ohio school superintendent, including Dr. Adam Fineske of Ottawa Hills, to share with parents, students, and staff.
“As you know, this is a serious public health concern, especially among our children and young adults, and the current investigation into vaping-related severe respiratory illnesses and deaths is an additional warning that we must be vigilant in protecting our youth,” wrote Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
As of now, ODH has reported 10 confirmed cases of severe pulmonary illness likely due to vaping; it is investigating 14 other reports of illness. Nationally, the CDC is aware of 450 possible cases in 33 states and is reporting that there have been at least two deaths, while the media has reported five deaths, according to Dr. Acton.
The increase in vaping by youth and young adults – a 78 percent increase in reported use between 2017 and 2018 for high school students and 48 percent increase for middle school students –prompted the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams last year to issue a public health advisory, declaring e-cigarette use among youth an “epidemic.”
Ohio has a new law taking effect Oct. 17 prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21. According to Dr. Acton, the law will assist communities in preventing youth from accessing and using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
Local resources related to vaping:
From the ODH, here are vaping-related resources:
Resources on Electronic Cigarettes
Youth Cessation Options (All Free of Charge)
My Life, My Quit (Ohio Tobacco Quit Line). This program combines best practices for youth tobacco cessation adapted to include vaping and new ways to reach a coach using live text messaging or online chat. The program includes educational materials designed for teens created with youth input and through discussion with subject matter experts and community stakeholders. To enroll, text or call 1-855-891-9989 or visit mylifemyquit.com
This Is Quitting (Truth Initiative). This is Quitting is a free text message program created with input from teens, college students, and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. The program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. Youth and young adults can access the new e-cigarette quit program by texting "DITCHJUUL" to 88709. Parents and other adults looking to help young people quit should text "QUIT" to 202- 899-7550. https://www.thetruth.com/articles/hot-topic/quit-vaping
Ohio Tobacco Quitline. Provides cessation services to youth and to young adults. 1-800-QUIT- NOW, 1-800-784-8669 (Available free of charge for adults over 18, as well – teachers, parents)
Resources for Pediatricians and Family Physicians
Youth Prevention Programs for Educators
Resources for Parents
Resources for Students and Young Adults
Childhood Poisoning Prevention
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be fatal in 26- pound child. Liquid nicotine bottles sold in the U.S. average six teaspoons. Poison control centers began receiving calls about e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products in 2011, which coincides with the initial period where these products reached the U.S. market. Calls increased by 160% between 2013 (1,540) and 2014 (4,011). An average of 3,060 annual calls were recorded between 2015 and 2018. Data from American Association of Poison Control Centers. https://www.aapcc.org/track/ecigarettes-liquid-nicotine
General Research and Information
Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth (Surgeon General). U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, issued a rare public health advisory in response to the unprecedented spike in e-cigarette use among youth.
Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Full Report