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Get the facts: Teens, E-cigarettes, and Vaping

Published: 04/23/19

At the Jefferson County Department of Health we are concerned about threats to the health of young people in our community. The decisions they make today can affect their health for a lifetime. Tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death. This includes regular cigarettes, but also other forms of tobacco, including vaping products or e-cigarettes that contain nicotine and other harmful ingredients.

Over the last several years we have seen a decrease in the number of teenagers who smoke regular cigarettes. Unfortunately, we have recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes or vaping products. Many vaping liquids contain chemicals that can damage the lungs or cause cancer. Most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine use before the age of 25 can damage parts of the brain linked to concentration, learning, and mood. Teens who use electronic cigarettes are four times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes. They may also be more likely to become addicted to cocaine and other harmful drugs.

Please take time to learn the facts about these products and their harms. Share these facts with your kids and encourage them to make healthy decisions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a good source for more information which you can view here.

Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
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(205) 591-5180
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631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
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(205) 715-6121
 



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