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Youth Vaping a & # 39; Public Health Crisis & # 39; in Jefferson County

Youth Vaping a & # 39; Public Health Crisis & # 39; in Jefferson County

LAKEWOOD, CO – Young people in Colorado double nicotine on the national average, a new survey shows, and almost four times as many Colorado students report themselves to cats than to cigarette smoking.

The Jefferson County Public Health Department has announced a campaign to address the vaping of young people and voted to give young people the vaping of a health crisis in Jefferson County & # 39; explain.

"While huge profits have been made to reduce tobacco use in our communities, it remains the leading cause of avoidable death and disease in our state and throughout the country," according to a statement from the JeffCo health department.

The data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows that one in three adolescents has used some form of tobacco / nicotine in the past month. While less than 10 percent smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes evaporated or used up to 27 percent.

"Vaping has replaced cigarettes as a way for underage young people to use nicotine," said Larry Wolk, executive director and head of the medical department of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "Too many of our young people do not realize what the health risks are."

Research from the state-wide school found that 87 percent of high school students in Colorado feel that cigarette smoking is risky, but only 50 percent think those risks are applicable to vaping nicotine.

But nicotine has its own risk & # 39; s, according to the Colorado Dept. or Public Health:

More than 90 percent of the products of the sheep appeared to contain nicotine when tested. Nicotine has a negative effect on the development of the adolescent brain, with persistent cognitive and behavioral disorders, including effects on working memory and attention. Studies have shown that vape products can contain dangerous poisons, including heavy metals and chemicals known to cause cancer and other diseases.

Studies also show young people who develop an arrogant habit, often switching to cigarette smoking. A study of students from the 12th grade who had never smoked a cigarette, found those who recently reported vomiting almost five times (4.78 times) more likely to smoke a year later, the CDPHE reported.

JeffCo joins the state administration in a public education campaign to help parents and other trusted adults, such as teachers, coaches, and counselors, talk to young people about fox.

You can find free material, including tips for starting the conversation and a fact sheet from Vaping 101. on the site: TobaccoFreeCo.org

"Research has shown that young people benefit from conversations with their parents and other trusted adults," Wolk said in July. "Fact-based conversations can be very productive and the mind of teenagers can even change the risk of vaping."

Image via Jefferson County Public Health Dept.

Tobacco Use Findings from Healthy Kids Colorado Study 2017 through Colorado Department of Health and Environment
Tobacco Use Findings from Healthy Kids Colorado Study 2017 through Colorado Department of Health and Environment

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