Know! Special Alert:
E-Cigarettes Aren't Safe
E-cigarettes have been causing an epidemic of youth use across the country for some time now. Despite claims of how “safe” they are by those selling them, they’re putting people into emergency rooms and hospitals across the nation. As of August 30th, one person has died and more than 200 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses have been reported, although some estimates place the illness total much higher, even as high as 300. Yesterday, Oregon reported another possible vaping death after vaping marijuana, according to various media reports. In one case, doctors medically induced a coma and hooked someone up to a ventilator. 

Times like these make it difficult to keep up with the constantly changing story. Here, we’ve gathered the latest facts, taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. 

Here’s what we know:

Here’s what we don’t know:

Talk to your kids about the dangers of vaping, especially in light of this terrible yet teachable moment. On our website, you’ll find information to talk to your child about e-cigarettes as well as links to resource centers maintained by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the CDC. 

It’s important to know that this has been a developing story for many weeks now. More information continues to come out about this trend, and it’s crucial that we stay informed about it. Information that we know now may prove to no longer be the case, and more facts may emerge later that change today’s expert analyses. 

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Talking regularly with youth about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs reduces their risk of using in the first place.

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