Vaping Unveiled presentation Thursday

NASHUA – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data show e-cigarettes are becoming more popular with young people – and the use has grown dramatically in the last five years.

Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes and the use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults.

Officials with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration have major concerns with e-cigarette usage among youth.

“Since vaping an e-cigarette looks like smoking, increased e-cigarette use means more public displays of ‘smoking,’ and young children may perceive this as common and ‘OK to do,'” it states in an Emerging Issues Brief put out by the Collaboration. “There is concern that never-smoking youth could take up e-cigarettes and develop nicotine addiction, while they may not have ever tried cigarette smoking. This could reverse the trend in declining smoking rates, and recruit young smokers who would not otherwise have used cigarettes.”

Thursday, community members will have a chance to learn more about the dangers of youth nicotine addiction by attending Vaping Unveiled, a presentation hosted by Breathe New Hampshire. This is a nonprofit organization with a primary focus on lung health.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Nashua Public Library’s theater. During the event, the audience will observe a 45-minute presentation regarding the nature of e-cigarettes and vapes, the dangers of nicotine, statistics regarding nicotine use in teens, local policies and resources.

This community event is set to help students make informed decisions when they are faced with the choice of vaping. It also serves to educate other attendees, such as parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else who is interested.

Breathe New Hampshire Director of Programs Allyssa Thompson said at the end of the presentation, Breath representatives will have a “show and tell” of popular devices being used.

“We find that it’s beneficial in some cases because the parents like to be able to see the devices up close, and they see how discreet and small these devices are. With that, we also give a history of e-cigarettes, such as how they came about and entered the U.S. market,” Thompson said.

She said Breathe organizers have gone to schools in the Greater Nashua area to meet with students and teachers and discuss nicotine use. She said they have found that Juuls, a type of electronic cigarette, are more commonly being confiscated.

The presentation is supported by Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year initiative to create the nation’s first tobacco-free generation and commit to help people lead tobacco-free lives.

Resources can be found at https://breathenh.org/programs/vaping-unveiled/resources

Grace Pecci may be contacted at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.