Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum and Orange Soda flavors, along with colorful packaging, entice young people to start smoking and keep them smoking.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease, killing more than 8,000 Oregonians a year.
13.4 IS THE
MEDIAN AGE OF YOUTH
and young adults who try smokeless tobacco, like chew or snus.
Youth who vape are nearly
3x MORE LIKELY
than non-vapers to become current cigarette smokers
Juul “pods” deliver as much nicotine
AS A PACK OF
NICOTINE = POISON
The tobacco industry profits by hooking kids on flavored nicotine.
85% of US high school kids who vape use flavored products.
Vapes come in kid-friendly flavors like Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, Cool Mint
Flavors mask tobacco’s harshness.
Flavoring chemicals can damage lungs.
Many tobacco companies use a highly concentrated form of nicotine called nicotine salts in e-cigarettes.
Nicotine salts allow higher concentrations to be inhaled more easily, and absorbed more quickly, than regular nicotine.
Whether it’s regular nicotine or nicotine salts, adolescents can experience dependence quickly.
Nicotine is poison for the adolescent brain.
Nicotine can interfere with attention and learning.
Nicotine use can harm the parts of the adolescent brain responsible for attention, learning, mood and impulse control.
Nicotine can prime the adolescent brain for addiction to other drugs.