“You don’t have bubble-gum flavored, mango flavored tobacco products-unless you trying to target an audience,” says Governor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom addressed the growing epidemic of teens vaping. He signed an executive order to confront the growing health risks to vaping. He issues a 20 million dollar awareness campaign and removal of illegal vaping products.
News Channel 3 spoke with employee, Jacinto Rapan, from The E-Cig Vapor Emporium hasn’t seen the growth in teens vaping. He explains to us that he has seen the complete opposite.
“I have actually seen a rise in older people using vaporizes,” says Rapan.
There are developing recommendations to reduce smoking among young adults and teens by establishing warning signs along with health risks where vaping products are sold.
“I don’t know how much a warning label is going to affect it. There are some people who just buy a pack of cigarettes who look at the warning label and its an afterthought.”
As of now, there are seven reported deaths in the U.S. linked to vaping. Authorities say a central California residents has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. Hundreds of people nationwide have come down with lung illness related to vaping. The governor signed SB 39 by Senator Jerry Hill today, for legislation to impose stricter age verification requirements for tobacco products sold online or by mail.
Eric Presser, a thoracic surgeon for Desert Regional explains that vaping companies are not warning the public about the effects of nicotine in their vape products.
“Nicotine causes nauseous, headaches, increase in heart rate, increase in blood pressure, irritability and emotional disturbances,” says Presser.
He stresses how important it is that parents and youth be aware of the health risks in vaping. It’s more than a trend.
“Every time you are inhaling a toxic substance into your lungs you are creating an inflammatory response. You are putting yourself at risk,” says Presser.
Although, there is no research yet on the long term affects of vaping. The public needs to be aware of the risks they inhale from vaping.
“We were not meant to breathe in heated vapor or heated air,” says Presser. He advises the community to avoid vaping products in general.
“Use common sense, don’t vape, don’t smoke, and stay away from those products,” says Presser.
Vaping devices are the most commonly used tobacco product in California and more than 80% of high-school teens who consume tobacco use a vaping device. From 2016 to 2018, vaping among California high school students rose 27%. In 2018, 10.9% of California high school students reported using e-cigarettes and 14.7% reported using cannabis.