Lately in the news there have been a lot of conversations about the electronic smoking device called “Juul.” Electronic smoking devices, also called “vaporizers” or “e-cigarettes”, contain a battery, a heater, and liquid. When the device is heated the liquid becomes vapor, which is then inhaled. The liquid that goes into the electronic smoking device, are often called “e-liquids” or “e-juices.” E-juices can contain varying amounts of nicotine and other chemicals such as propylene glycol, flavors, or other oils that are not healthy for your body. To demonstrate the amount of nicotine that one can use in these electronic devices, the JUUL takes what’s referred to as pods. One pod for the JUUL has the same amount of nicotine that is in one pack of cigarettes. Studies have shown that these products give off carcinogens, toxins, and particulate matter which can cause health problems.
Many conversations are going on about the increase in popularity among teens; however there is another population that are at risk for the harmful effects of these products. These pods are bright, colorful, small and are labeled with fruity fun flavors that appear child friendly making them extremely interesting to younger children. The poison control has seen an increase in calls with young children consuming the e-liquids. As we know Nicotine is a poisonous chemical that can cause vomiting, dizziness, tremors, sweating, and an increased heart rate, ingestion of these liquids can be extremely harmful for anyone, especially younger children.
ASAC has been working with childcare providers to expand their existing tobacco policy to be nicotine free. This type of policy will prevent staff and parents from using these products on their property, decreasing their risk of liability when it comes to children accidently consuming the nicotine liquids under their supervision. Tracy Ehlert is one childcare provider in Linn County that has decided to include this type of policy into her business.
ASAC is here and available to assist you with developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine free policy along with acquiring free new signage. If you have any questions please contact ASAC Prevention at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-390-1884.
By: Erin Foster, Director of Prevention Services