E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that can look like a real cigarette or pen. Most contain the chemical nicotine, which is addictive. When you stop using it, you can go into withdrawal and feel depressed and crabby. In May, the FDA ruled that e-cigarettes products will be subject to the same regulation applied to cigarettes. In addition to prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18, this means that manufacturers and retailers of vapor "juices" will have to register ingredients with the FDA. E-cigarette juice contains a mix of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavoring agents approved by the FDA as "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) for consumption. When this mix is heated, a group of compounds known as carbonyls are produced. This includes compounds such formaldehyde and acrolein.
Some of the ways STEPS makes E-cigarette & vaping prevention a priority in Southington:
- Merchant Education
- Compliance Checks
- Student & Teacher Education
- Participating in State-wide Initiatives
To learn more Southington specific facts on electronic cigarettes and vaping and to view our Youth Council's PSA, click here.