About Nicotine

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West Chester Data

  • 43% of youth who vape are now vaping nicotine as compared to 20% in 2015

 

  • 16% of WCASD youth users are vaping marijuana

                Why We Care

  • The signature puff of all vapes comes from chemicals that our lungs are not made to handle.

  • The most popular vape pen, the JUUL, holds 50mg of nicotine, an amount equal to an entire pack of cigarettes.

  • Unsuspecting teens are being sold drug laced cartridges, increasing their exposure to other drugs and addiction.

In the News

Strategies for Parents

Monitor online purchases. Teens often use family accounts to purchase vape products.
Remind teens that:
  • Vape companies are in the business of selling nicotine.
  • Nicotine is addictive.
  • Vape pens, also known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) remain unregulated.
  • Vape companies often target youth to gain lifelong customers.
Strategies for Parents of Elementary aged Children
  • Eat.  Eating right for brain health will plant the seed that our brains are as important as our bodies.
  • Play. Games and puzzles exercise the brain.
  • Talk.  Say out loud how much you value brain health.
  • Watch.  Look for teachable moments in movies, TV, online and the community. 
  • Discuss your values on addictive substances and why they are dangerous for developing brains.

"Nicotine is a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in tobacco plants."

                                        - Center for Disease Control