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NH DHHS Raises Awareness about E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults with Release of U.S. Surgeon General’s Report
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Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Publish Date:
December 8, 2016

Concord, NH – A new report by the United States Surgeon General, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults, raises concern about the use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) wants to remind residents that nicotine in any form is a dangerous drug and there is help available to quit.

The Surgeon General’s report, released December 8, 2016, finds that, while nicotine is a highly addictive drug at any age, youth and young adults are uniquely vulnerable to the long-term consequences of exposing the brain to nicotine, and concludes that youth use of nicotine in any form is unsafe. The report also finds that secondhand aerosol that is exhaled into the air by e-cigarette users can expose others to potentially harmful chemicals.

“This report views e-cigarette use as a public health threat, particularly to the developing brains of New Hampshire youth,” said Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services. “The immediate health dangers and the consequences of long-term use are not known at this time. We want residents to know there is help available to quit.”

In 2015, 25% of high-school-age youth reported using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) according to New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) survey. In New Hampshire, e-cigarettes are considered a tobacco product and therefore cannot be purchased by anyone under the age of 18 and cannot be smoked in public places. Results from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey show us that 6% of adults used an electronic cigarette or vapor device. DHHS encourages New Hampshire residents using tobacco products to quit as a step towards better overall health.

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General was written and reviewed by more than 150 experts and highlights the health dangers of inhaling aerosol from these electronic devices. Further, the report states that e-cigarettes and other electronic products need strict regulatory oversight including elimination of flavorings that are attractive to youth.

For more information about the quitting and the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/tobacco/index.htm. To read the Surgeon General's report go to https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf.

 
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