DOH Urges Virgin Islanders to Join the Fight Against Vaping/Nicotine and Tobacco

In March, the VI Department of Health (DOH) is urging all residents of the Virgin Islands to familiarize themselves with the inherent dangers of using all forms of tobacco products. Residents can join the fight by supporting the national “Join the Fight Against Tobacco” recognition. Recognition runs from March 1 to April 1.

Never smoking or trying e-cigarettes is key to ensuring that people or their children Won’t do develop the health-hazardous and highly addictive habit of smoking. E-cigarettes or vapes are electronic devices that heat liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can harm teenage brain development.

Unfortunately, not all e-cigarettes or vapes are made the same. Manufacturers place varying amounts of nicotine in their products which can range from zero (zero percent) nicotine up to 40 mg of nicotine per milliliter (mL).

Most vape cartridges are labeled 3mg, 6mg, or 12mg of nicotine, but this number is actually the amount of milligrams per ml. Therefore, the nicotine content is much higher in total volume than it appears. The inconsistent amounts of nicotine found in vapes pose a real health hazard to all users, especially teenagers.

Due to the discrepancies, unsuspecting consumers have no way of predicting the dose they might inhale. When a full pod is smoked, such as a JUUL for example, the smoker can ingest a dose of nicotine equivalent to a full pack of regular cigarettes.

Additionally, the use of vapes in youth increases the likelihood that the individual will smoke regular cigarettes in the future, which will lead to additional and potentially life-threatening health issues.

The best way to avoid the health risks associated with smoking or using e-cigarettes is to never start. For help quitting smoking, download the following apps: “This is Quitting” or “quitSTART”.

Join the fight against tobacco and remember: “Together we can beat Captain Vape”.

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