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Vaping ads are targeting teens

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:56 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Wed Jan 15, 2020.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Tactics to target youth the tobacco industry used decades ago seem to be repeated to market vaping products. 

On Thursday, Jan. 9, AtlantiCare hosted Vaping & E-cigarettes: A National Youth Crisis, a lecture geared towards school and pediatric nurses addressing trends in youth e-cigarette use, how youth are targeted, and the health effects of vaping, among other issues.

The lecture was held at The Carriage House in Galloway and 137 people attended.

Attendees represented 26 school districts from Atlantic, Cape May, Burlington, Ocean, Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland counties, in addition to AtlantiCare staff and community health organizations. 

Carlo Favretto, Jr., the regional youth coordinator for Atlantic Prevention Resources and Dr. Brian Jenssen, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, were the event’s speakers. 

Favretto explained that vaping does not produce a vapor, but an aerosol. 

“In an aerosol, you have tiny liquid particles that (stay) behind afterwards, as opposed to a vapor, which is a liquid that turns into a gas and so this could be some of the reasons we’re starting to see some of these medical issues,” he said. 

“These vapes contain many different things, nicotine being one of them, but several other cancer-causing carcinogens as well,” he said. 

E-cigarettes resembled cigarettes when they first came to the market, around 2007, but were later diversified.  Some are made to resemble pens and USB flash drives.

“That’s why in the school we’re dealing with a lot of these problems.  These pod-based systems look like a lot of things kids would use for school,” he said. 

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