The Effects That E-Cigs Can Have On Teens


- Welcome back keeping tobacco products

out of the hands of minors.

It continues to be a hot

topic as the popularity

of E-cigarettes,

and vaping continues

to rise just last week.

In fact, we told you about tobacco 21

an ordinance the city of Youngstown

is considering which would

raise the minimum age

to buy tobacco in the

city to 21 years old.

And if you remember our

own Caroline Collins

told us recently about a

hot trend called Juuling.

It's a discrete electronic device

that can be charged up in a laptop.

Some students even smoking

this nicotine-packed e-juice

in school just because of

how discreet that it is.

A very timely subject matter as we welcome

in Dr. Jonathan Winecoff this morning.

Good morning.

- Thanks for having me.

- Thank you so much for

joining us this morning.

Now you're a pediatrician

with Massachusetts General

Children's Hospital.

You're here in town

speaking with clinical staff

from what we've learned at

Akron Children's Hospital.

Tell me a little bit about your visit?

- So we're going to be

covering third hand smoke

and electronic cigarette use

and as a general pediatrician,

what we've been seeing is a lot of kids

who are addicted to these new products.

And we want to make sure

that everyone understands

what they are and how we can prevent kids

who were never be smokers

otherwise entering

into nicotine addiction

because of these products.

- Very hot topic for sure.

Could you first start

off by giving us what is

the definition of third hand smoke,

we've all heard of secondhand smoke.

But what is this third hand smoke?

- So third hand smoke is once

the cigarette is put out,

it turns out that there's

toxins in the air that stick

and linger on fabrics on clothing,

really anywhere that a cigarette

or Vape product is used,

gets coated in nicotine and toxins.

And these include class one carcinogens,

the most carcinogenic substances known.

So there's really no

place where you can smoke

that won't contaminate the environment.

And that's true for vaping.

So anywhere that smoke free,

has to also be vape free.

- What trends are we

seeing out there right now

with children and these e-cigarettes and

vaping and even a new trend Juuling?

- Not a day goes by in

my clinical practice

where I don't see a teen who's come in

and can't stop Juuling.

I had one kid yesterday,

yesterday morning before I flew in,

who told me that they had to keep it under

their pillow so that they

could get their fix at night.

This substance is extremely addictive.

It's not just that they've

taken some nicotine

from tobacco and put it

in and then you vape it?

No, they've actually chemically engineered

the nicotine to make it more addictive.

They've made it smoother.

These ultra fine aerosols

go deep into the lung,

bringing with it the carcinogens

and heavy metals right into your body.

And there's really no safe way to do this,

especially for the developing brain.

- You brought a Juul pen in

with you can we see that?

- Yeah I did--

- And talk about you

showed me the cartridge

and you said that it has

like even more nicotine

than a pack of cigarettes.

- Yeah.

So if you take a look at how

I just concealed this in my pocket.

I brought it right into your studio.

See you take a look at that.

What does that look like?

- It looks like a USB.

- Absolutely.

And let's just say this.

Couldn't you hide that in your sleeve?

- Oh, absolutely.

- Kids are using this in the classroom,

kids who never would have smoked,

they get addicted to nicotine

and that can last for their entire life.

Now, let me show you the actual Juul pod.

let me pull it out.

You think oh, maybe it's a big thing?

- Right?

- That's it.

- So that little thing has--

- That little thing.

- More nicotine than a pack of cigarettes,

- An entire pack of cigarettes.

A few little drops of this

liquid gets into your brain

and you get addicted for life.

- Wow.

This is extremely interesting.

And it's really good for us to see.

What advice do you have for

all the parents out there

and for those, with small children who

this probably seems

cool for children to do?

- Absolutely kids.

69% of kids don't even know

that every Juul contains nicotine.

They think it's harmless water vapor with

a little bit of flavoring,

but in these flavors,

contains the nicotine.

And there's this image of on the website

like oh,

healthy mango,

cool cucumber,

fruit medley.

They even have creme brulee.

These things are marketed to kids.

Let's make no mistake,

they are not trying to get

smokers to switch to this.

They're trying to addict

the next generation

to tobacco products.

- So for parents out there,

it's obviously just really

good for them to see this

and to hear about this

and just any quick parting advice

that you can give to the parents?

- Well, I think that,

talk to your pediatrician,

talk to your family doctor,

make sure that we get kids

off of these products.

If you've not started using them

then never start because

you are probably gonna

be looking at a lifetime

of tobacco addiction.

- Right.

Dr. Winecoff we really

appreciate your time this morning

and I know you're flying in

and doing really good work with

the Akron Children's

Hospital out there as well.

So we really appreciate

you coming in this morning.

- And I really appreciate the opportunity

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