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Teen Tobacco Use

Nicotine and tobacco use in any form (including e-cigarettes) can harm developing brains of adolescents, affecting the front part of the brain that affects lifelong decision-making and reasoning. Nicotine addiction can happen very quickly. For kids and teens, there's no such thing as "light smoking" or "social smoking." Even a few times can hook kids for life on deadly tobacco products.

Today, tobacco products with highly addictive nicotine come in many forms: lit cigarettes, candy-flavored lit cigars, hookah, smokeless tobacco, chew, dip, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (e.g. e-cigarettes, vaping devices). Packaging may resemble and even smell like candy. Parents can learn more at tobaccofreekids.org. more

Even though Rhode Island has one of the lowest smoking rates for high school teens in the United States (4.8% in 2015), cigarette smoking and overall tobacco use among young people remain a concern. That same year, 19.3% of the same teens reported using ENDS products, which the FDA has deemed a tobacco product.

Flavored tobacco

Candy-like flavored tobacco products with highly addictive nicotine can greatly appeal to the tastes of children and teens. These products include: cigars, cigarillos, chew, snus, dissolvable tabs, and refillable electronic “vaping” devices. more

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), a.k.a E-cigarettes, Vapes

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems(ENDS), also known as e-cigarettes, vapes, or vaping devices, may vary in appearance and shape but similarly use a battery to superheat liquid nicotine until it turns into an aerosol that can be inhaled or breathed into the lungs. Some ENDS products are disposable, while others can be custiomized and refilled with different flavored "e-juice" or e-cigarette liquids. ENDS products often contain addictive nicotine and some products that have been studied have been found to contain other harmful chemicals. Other drug use has been linked to refillable ENDS devices. In 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report warning the public on the dangers of e-cigarette use among youth.

Hookah

Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes.

Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that is usually flavored. They are also called a number of different names, including waterpipe, narghile, argileh, shisha, hubble-bubble, and goza. Hookah smoking is typically practiced in groups, with the same mouthpiece passed from person to person.

In recent years, there has been an increase in hookah use around the world, most notably among youth and college students. more

What you should do

  • Refer children and teens who smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product to a pediatrician for age-appropriate tobacco addiction treatment or cessation support.
  • Keep e-cigarettes and all tobacco products out of the hands of youth.
  • Prevent poisonings. Nicotine in liquid form is highly poisonous when touched on skin or ingested. Many e-cigarette liquids are widely available in candy-like flavors, which can entice children and pets. Keep all e-cigarette liquids locked away from children and pets. more
  • Include e-cigarettes and hookah in tobacco-free policies wherever smoking and other tobacco use is banned in schools, workplaces, recreation areas, parks, beaches, housing, and other indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • Adopt and enforce tobacco retail licensing policies.more
  • Work with us to prevent youth from accessing tobacco products and to promote healthy, tobacco-free living activities.