On Thursday April 12, Pacific County Prevention Team hosted a training of the trainers on E-Cigarettes and Vaping. The training, which was presented by Washington Poison Center, was an opportunity for participants to learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes and their growing popularity in Washington. Overall, 13 individuals were certified to offer the training within the community.
“The topic of e-cigarettes and prevention is interesting because it’s still so new,” Gracie Manlow, Human Services Program Manager, Pacific County Health & Human Services, said. “The industry is constantly shifting and creating new pathways to access their products.”
There are three variations of e-cigarettes. Minis or Cig-likes are disposable, one time use and cost around $7. Mid-size rechargeable or pens are probably the most familiar looking to what most would deem a “vape pen”. These have refillable liquid cartridge that holds 3 milliliters of liquid nicotine and cost around $18. Finally, mod or tank type devices high powered and have more user adjustments. These devices cost over $100.
“It’s incredibly important to deliver as much education as possible to the public,” Manlow said. “There are a lot of misconception surrounding the safety of these products. The bottom line: we do not know the long-term health outcomes. Therefore, we can’t trust them.”
While these products could be enticing to youth on their own, the addition of ‘vape’ or ‘e-juice’ is very appealing to youth. With over 8,000 flavors and scents including gummy bear, cheesecake, and caramel, it’s hard to believe these products were not designed specifically for youth.
“The smoke or vape that emulates from these devices smell like candy,” Manlow said. “Between their scent, cheap prices, and lack of regulations, it’s a very desirable substance for youth.”
In 2016, the FDA released rules regarding e-cigarette regulation under the Tobacco Control Act. Currently there are requirements regarding 18 and over sales restriction, health warnings on packages, and child-resistant packing for liquid nicotine containers. In 2017, there were 373 nicotine exposure calls to Washington Poison Control for children 0-5 years.
“At this point, our job as prevention professionals is to ensure the public is aware of all the hazards and dangers regarding these products,” Manlow said. “There is plenty of misconception and misinformation available, and we need to set the record straight.”
For more information on E-Cigarette Prevention, Washington Poison Center, or prevention in general, please contact Gracie Manlow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-875-9343.