The bad news: Students’ rising use of e-cigarettes and hookahs has offset the healthy decrease in their use of traditional tobacco products. E-cigarettes, available in a variety of candy and fruit flavors that appeal to young smokers, contain nicotine derived from tobacco and are, in fact, tobacco products. As of August 2016, the US Federal Drug Administration extended its regulatory power to include e-cigarettes. An evening spent huddling around the hookah (or water pipe) is roughly equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes.
According to the FDA, e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol (vapor) containing nicotine or other substances. To create e-liquid, the main component of e-cigarettes, nicotine is extracted from tobacco and mixed with a base (usually propylene glycol), and may also include flavorings, colorings and other chemicals. The American Lung Association has concluded that e-cigarettes are a tobacco product and are not safer than cigarettes.
The challenge continues: Young people who do not start using tobacco by age 18 will most likely never start. In a recent U.S. News and World Report article, Dr. Cora Breuner, who heads the Committee on Adolescence for the American Academy of Pediatrics, says it’s difficult to get someone 30 or older to start smoking. “There are a lot more nicotine receptors in the brains of kids below 18 years of age. If you don’t flood those receptors with nicotine, they just fade into the woodwork and go away.”
More info about e-cigarettes here.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
1K begins at 9:30am, 5K begins at 10:00am
Where: Luray Greenway Mechanic Street Parking Lot
Registration: You can register online below (all information must be completed) or download a printable application and then send payment by Oct. 7th to:
Page Alliance for Community Action,PO Box 723, Luray, VA 22835
Race Registration Fee (check one or both):
T-shirts available only to participants preregistered by Oct. 7, 2016
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