Vaping Education and Resources

UPDATE: On December 20, 2019, the Federal Government changed the nationwide minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21.  It is now illegal in the United States to sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. North Carolina is working to rapidly adjust public education, retail merchant training, and signage to be consistent with this new law. The Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will soon be providing additional regulatory and enforcement guidance as well.  Meanwhile, NC DHHS, NC DOJ and DPS encourage retail operations to conform their sales processes as quickly as possible to comply with the new federal law.

Vape devices, known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems and Juuls, contain four basic components: a cartridge or tank to hold e-liquid (or e-juice/vape sauce), a heating element known as an atomizer, a battery and a mouthpiece to inhale. A sensor detects when a person is trying to inhale. This triggers the battery to supply electricity to the atomizer. The heat given off vaporizes the e-liquid. The resulting vapor is what is inhaled. (Partnership for Drug Free Kids)

E-Cigarette and Vaping Data and Statistics
CDC Smoking and Tobacco Use: Outbreak of Severe Lung Illness (Data updated montly)
North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch: E-Cigarette Data and Information ((Data updated every Thursday at 4pm)
Cabarrus Youth Substance Use Survey
E-Cigarette Health Advisory
E-Cigarette 101 A Fact Sheet

Resources for Parents and Community Members
How To Talk With Your Kids About Vaping
Nicotine in E-Cigarette - No amount is safe for young people.
Cabarrus County Schools Vaping Resources and Information

En Espanol
Cigarrillos electrónicos
Cigarrillos electrónicos, “vaporizadores” y JUUL Lo que los padres deberían saber
Datos breves sobre JUUL


Information for Youth

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