AG Alert: Get facts straight before you vape

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Arkansas Attorney General’s Office

There is a lot of misinformation about e-cigarettes and vapes, but you should get the facts straight before you vape.

Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term “vaping” is used because e-cigarettes do not produce smoke as traditional cigarettes do, but rather an aerosol that consists of fine particles potentially containing varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as seizures, respiratory and heart diseases.

“In recent months, the rampant use of e-cigarettes among teens and preteens has hit a fever pitch with too many young people identified by medical experts as being harmed by inhaling these powerful chemicals,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said. “Just because the vaping industry says vapes are safer than cigarettes does not mean they are safe. Through education, enforcement and consumer protection, we can help protect an entire generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.”

E-cigarettes are marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes, but in reality they are not. Rutledge has released the following facts about vaping to help parents protect their children.

• Many e-liquids used in vapes are as strong or stronger than cigarettes and can contain as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.

• Vapes can be easily disguised in clothing pockets, backpacks and purses; they can look like a USB drive or pen and some are even covered with cartoon character designs.

• Arkansas teenagers and children are twice as likely to start using e-cigarettes and vapes as compared with adults.

• Vape pods and e-liquids are sold in many different flavors including fruit, cinnamon, candy and crème.

• The average age of first time Arkansas users is 14 years old.

• In Arkansas, it is illegal to buy nicotine products, including vapes, online or through the mail.

Rutledge will host a Youth Vaping Summit starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Bentonville High School. The summit will include discussions and panels from health care professionals, educators, law enforcement, concerned parents and representatives from the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

For more information or to attend the Youth Vaping Summit, call the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at 800-482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

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