Parents and residents are invited to an educational presentation hosted by the Massapequa Jr/Sr PTSA and Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC): E-cigs & Vaping: A Danger to Youth. The engaging and informative program will follow the monthly PTSA meeting and outline how e-cigarettes and vaping are popular with today's youth and how it presents health issues for their future. The presentation will be led by Pamela Mizzi, MS, LMHC, CASAC 2 with Q & A to follow the presentation. Click here for our flyer.
Research and experts indicate e-cigarettes and vaping products are dangerous for youth. Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful ingredients including: ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead (US Surgeon General). Between 2011 and 2017, e-cigarette use significantly increased among youth in high school and middle school (Truth Initiative). According to the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey, over 1.7 million high school students and 390,000 middle school students currently use e-cigarettes (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids). Research continues to show that using e-cigarettes increases the likelihood of smoking cigarettes (Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2018, 1–9).