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Health Education Team Takes Stand Against E-cigarette Use

Post Date:03/27/2017 1:24 p.m.

According to the surgeon general’s 2016 report, e-cigarette use among youth and young adults has become a public health concern. In 2014, current use of e-cigarettes by young adults 18-24 years of age surpassed that of adults 25 years of age and older.

Health Education staff at Dare County Department of Health & Human Services (DCDHHS) applied for and received a grant from Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) to address the e-cigarette concern.

The team worked with Lisa Phillips, Tobacco Free Living Coordinator with PICH, to create an educational message to be displayed for all to see. The message that e-cigarette aerosol is not “water vapor” is the main point the group wished to convey.

E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes in 2014. Its use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including cigarettes and other burned tobacco products.

A local billboard was purchased and an ad was put up on Highway 64 in Manteo. Additionally, the ad has been placed on the DCDHHS website and facebook. DCDHHS wants the community to know that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful constituents including nicotine. And additionally, nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain.

For more information on this project or the harmful effects of e-cigarette use, please view the surgeon general fact sheet at: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf
or contact Alex Batschelet at 252.475.9374 and alex.batschelet@darenc.com.

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Photo Caption: DCDHHS Public Health Education Specialists Alex Batschelet, Brenda Shiflet, Jessica Brown with their educational billboard designed to bring awareness to the harmful effects of e-cigarettes.

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