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E-cigarettes: Not Harmless Water Vapor

Tuesday - Jun 27, 2017

Champaign, IL - The Champaign‐Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has released an infographic highlighting the health hazards of e‐cigarettes, as well as recommended solutions to protect public health. The infographic is available at www.facebook.com/wechoosehealthchampaign.

The flyer describes the toxic chemicals in e‐cigarettes. Studies have found that e‐cigarette vapor contains chemicals found in formaldehyde, antifreeze, pesticides, and heavy metals. The chemicals are known causes of serious health issues such as cancer, popcorn lung, bone marrow damage, and fetus neurodevelopmental damage. For these and other reasons, a 2016 US Surgeon General report designated e‐cigarettes as a national public health threat.

The health hazards of cigarettes are more alarming because e‐cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among youth for several years. Over two million middle and high school students were e‐cigarette users in 2016, compared to 1.43 million cigarette smokers. In Champaign County, approximately nine percent of twelfth graders used e‐cigarettes in 2016, compared to four percent who used cigarettes.

Read the full press relase. (PDF)