The media normally doesn’t show the side effects of tobacco use and substance abuse. Many find the smell of cigarettes undesirable. E-cigarettes come in different flavors and these flavors are appealing to teens. If it smells sweet like candy or has other desirable smells it tends to attract teens. E-cigarettes give teens an opportunity to use them in public places without anyone knowing they are smoking.
February 15, 2019
I am a health educator for the Wilson County Health Department. As a health educator it is my goal to promote healthier lifestyles throughout Wilson County. It is my goal to bring awareness to the effects of tobacco use and substance abuse. My goal is for everyone to understand the severity of addiction, cravings and to be aware of the resources available to help with quitting.The Centers for Disease Control reports a rise in teen tobacco and substance abuse -- what do you think are the factors and causes of this change?
The reports are increasing due to teens having to deal with so much these days. There is peer pressure in every generation, but this generation is dealing with the peer pressure of social media. I am not against social media; however, I do believe teens are influenced by what they see on the internet. Smoking cigarettes, dipping, juuling, and e-cigarettes are sometimes categorized as “cool” by the media. Unfortunately, media doesn’t show the side effects of tobacco use and substance abuse. Many find the smell of cigarettes undesirable. E-cigarettes come in different flavors and these flavors are appealing to teens. If it smells sweet like candy or has other desirable smells it tends to attract teens. E-cigarettes give teens an opportunity to use them in public places without anyone knowing they are smoking.3. When did you think these trends began?
The trends began when several companies put out commercials and advertisements convincing their audience that smoking e-cigarettes is better than smoking cigarettes. These companies are using famous people to advertise the e-cigarettes. It is believed that using e-cigs is a better way to get a buzz without inhaling tar and other harsh chemicals. This is false; the ads do not tell consumers the facts. They all have chemicals present that will cause harm to the human body. According to the American Lung Association, two of the main ingredients in e-cigarettes cause irreversible damage to the lung tissue.4. Where can teens go for resources or help if they want to stop smoking?
Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line. 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).It is important for teens to consult with school counselors. Unfortunately, most resources for teens require parental consent.
This is a problem because e-cigarettes are not always easy to locate on a person. They are small in size and can be easily hidden. E-cigarettes have pleasant smells. Some teachers and/or parents may assume that a student is putting on scented lotion. In a lot of cases the fragrances cannot be distinguished. The vapor from the e-cigarettes vanishes within seconds. Adults may not notice when the device is being used.6. How serious is e-cigarettes and substance abuse among teens?
This is a serious issue. We aren’t sure how exactly, but students are finding ways to get access to the e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes have nicotine in them as well. Nicotine can cause addiction. With prolonged use, teens will be at risk for many health issues.For more information, please visit The Center for Disease Control