School officials are working to educate more Carson City youth on the dangers of vaping, and they’ve asked Health and Human Services professionals to help.
Toni Orr, public health nurse with HHS, gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors and the Carson City School District at their joint meeting Thursday, sharing similar information she provides to Carson High School’s health classes on vaping products teens are using and the hazards associated with them.
Orr said the number of teens in Carson City reporting ever using e-cigarettes, according to the latest Youth Risk Behavioral Survey results published in 2017, has increased to nearly 50 percent. While the 2019 data has yet to come out, HHS has received a preview, Orr said, and results for use among high school students did not appear to change much. Middle school use, however, has gone up from 2 percent to 11 percent.
Demonstrating how small the new e-cigarette devices have become, including Juul pods, Orr said students now carry USB-sized containers in which middle or high school students fill them with nicotine salt, essential oils or other liquids in with vape with different flavors, such as cookie and cream, mango, various soaps or even different perfumes.
Orr also presented some of the advertisements Marlboro, which purchased 35 percent of Juul, uses to appeal to youth and young adults featuring celebrity influencers such as Zac Efron and Johnny Depp using e-cigarette products.
Orr said the goal is to help avoid chemical dependency on these products, which can happen once a person engages in vaping and takes in secondhand aerosol from the device. A report from the U.S. surgeon general has found that it only takes 10 seconds for nicotine from inhaling one puff of smoke to enter the brain, Orr said. This causes the release