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Avoiding Drug Use Can Be a Family Choice

A lot of things can increase the risk that a teen will have a problem with drugs.

COVID-19 Resources and Substance Use Disorders

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery.

E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products Visual Dictionary

See the CDC photo guide about different vaping devices and substances.

Free Vaping Presentation Webinar, Thursday, May 7

Learn about teens & vaping.

Vaping, Opioid Addiction Accelerate Coronavirus Risks, Says NIDA Director

Volkow spoke with Kaiser Health News about the emerging science around COVID-19’s relationship to vaping and to opioid use disorder, as well as how these underlying epidemics could increase people’s risks.

FDA Warns Manufacturers and Retailers to Remove Certain E-cigarette Products Targeted to Youth from the Market

Agency continues to target the sale of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to youth.

Why social distancing provides a 'golden opportunity' for teens to quit vaping

Plenty of time at home gives parents the chance to encourage kids to kick the dangerous habit.

Do teens vape marijuana?

Teen vaping of cannabis nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019.

Tobacco, vaping industries seize opportunities in coronavirus with freebies, donations

Unexpectedly high numbers of younger people have become severely ill from the virus, and some experts suspect a link to vaping. “The COVID-19 crisis should be a wake-up call that your age doesn’t matter if your lungs are compromised.”

Vaping: What You Need to Know - Live Webinar - Tuesday, April 13

BRITE’s most popular presentation for parents, educators and other caring adults is now available as a webinar with important information that you need to know about teens and vaping.

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

This research provides an overview on the effects of cigarette and other tobacco products on the brain, other health effects, and the potential for addiction.

How to Quit Smoking and Vaping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

People who smoke and vape may be at greater risk for Covid-19, but quitting is hard, especially now. The good news: There are a lot of helpful resources.

NIDA director outlines potential risks to people who smoke and use drugs during COVID-19 pandemic

The precarious intersection of the COVID-19 national health emergency and the concurrent epidemic of drug overdose deaths is outlined in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow discusses how the serious health risks of COVID-19 pose unique challenges to people who smoke or vape, are already struggling with substance use disorders (SUD), or are in recovery from addiction.

E-cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI), American Lung Association

EVALI stands for e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) SAMHSA Resources and Information

SAMHSA is offering several resources for mental and substance use disorder treatment providers and others related to COVID-19.

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard.

How smoking, vaping and drug use might increase risks from Covid-19

Earlier this month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Covid-19 recommendations to specifically target older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions. They labeled this group as "higher risk."

News: Vaping Illness Update as of February 14, 2020

The California Department of Public Health urges everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source.

News: Vaping Illness Update as of February 6, 2020

The California Department of Public Health urges everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source. Since June 2019, CDPH has received reports that 204 people in California who have a history of vaping were hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage, and four people have died. Across the U.S., there are over 2,711 reports of lung damage associated with vaping across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and more reports are coming in nearly every day.

FDA In Brief: FDA expands youth e-cigarette prevention campaign to include stories from teenagers addicted to nicotine

Starting this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign will release videos featuring teenagers sharing cautionary tales about their e-cigarette addiction. The campaign will include a series of four videos called “My Vaping Mistake” with teenagers describing the physical and emotional effects of vaping addiction. The videos will be released on youth-focused channels and amplified on social media throughout the year.

News: Vaping Illness Update as of January 16, 2020

See the latest Vaping Illness infographic as of January 16, 2020. Ventura County Action on Smoking & Health releases this data on a bi-weekly basis. We will continue to post updates on our blog. Also, read the E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI), Weekly Update Report 1/14/2020, from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This report gives you data on the total cases in California.

Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

This health advisory seeks to inform the public about the imminent public health risks posed by vaping any product, including the use of electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes), as vaping has recently been linked to severe breathing problems, lung damage, and even death.

News: FDA finalizes enforcement policy on unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes that appeal to children, including fruit and mint

Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions.

Vaping Health Advisory

This health advisory seeks to inform the public about the imminent public health risks posed by vaping any product, including the use of electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes), as vaping has recently been linked to severe breathing problems, lung damage, and even death.

News: The Federal Legal Age to Buy Tobacco Products Has Been Raised to 21. Here’s What That Could Do to the Vaping Industry

The federal legal age for purchasing tobacco products has been increased from 18 to 21 in a move the American Lung Association said will “reduce youth access to tobacco products and help save lives.”

Monitoring the Future 2019 Survey Results: Vaping

For the second year in a row, rapid rises in vaping among adolescents are the top story from the Monitoring the Future survey of drug use and attitudes among the country’s 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. Monitoring the Future is an annual survey conducted by researchers at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Vaping Illness Update & Infographic

See the Vaping Illness Infographic from Ventura County Public Health.

News: Sales of flavored vaping products outlawed in Ventura, unincorporated areas

Ventura County Star, December 12, 2019. Sales of flavored vaping products were banned in unincorporated areas of Ventura County in the same week they were outlawed in Ventura. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a prohibition affecting about four dozen stores from El Rio to Oak Park after a heated hearing at the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura.

Ventura County, some cities poised to make decisions on vaping flavors ban

Some four dozen tobacco and vaping stores in unincorporated Ventura County from El Rio to Oak Park would no longer be able to sell flavored vaping products under an ordinance to be considered by Ventura County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Drug Facts: Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) updated their Vaping page. What are vaping devices?

Department of Public Health Identifies Tenth Case of Vaping-Related Pulmonary Disease in the County

Press Release: Department of Public Health identifies tenth case of vaping-related pulmonary disease in the county. Earlier this week, Ventura County’s tenth case of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, the new pulmonary disease associated with vaping, was accepted as meeting the case definition by the California Department of Public Health.

News Article: How Juul Hooked a Generation on Nicotine

The company planted the seeds of a public health crisis by marketing to millennials, who had low smoking rates, and it ignored evidence that teenagers were using its products. In the face of mounting investigations, subpoenas and lawsuits, Juul Labs has insisted that it never marketed or knowingly sold its trendy e-cigarettes and flavored nicotine pods to teenagers.

Vaping Illness Update & Infographic

Vaping Illness Infographic from Ventura County Public Health.

Another Death in California

Another California death related to vaping is reported in Marin County. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to urge everyone to refrain from vaping and e-cigarette use, no matter the substance or source, until the cause of vaping-associated lung disease is known.

Vaping Illnesses Linked to Vitamin E Acetate

Recent CDC lab testing found Vitamin E acetate in all samples of patients.

Vaping Illness Update & Infographic

The latest findings from the CDC investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak. Most patients reported using THC-containing products or both THC & nicotine containing products.

Event: Ventura County Office of Education Legal Forum - Vaping

Vaping has been named a youth epidemic by the U.S. Surgeon General. What can school districts do to help prevent vaping on campus?

Ventura County Supervisors Could Ban Flavors

Supervisors voted 4-0 to ask staff to prepare an emergency ordinance that could place a moratorium on new vape and tobacco retail stores in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Vaping Related Lung Illness: A Summary of the Public Health Risks and Recommendations for the Public

Since June 2019, CDPH has received reports that 90 people in California who have a history of vaping were hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage, and two people have died. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations are complete.

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Address Teen Vaping Epidemic

The executive order directs the Department of Public Health (CDPH) to launch a $20 million statewide digital and social media public awareness campaign to educate youth, young adults and parents about the health risks of vaping nicotine and cannabis products.

Vaping Health Alert

Health officials are reporting an outbreak of serious vaping-related lung disease. The number of deaths is rising. Experts recommend no vaping or e-cigarette use while these illnesses are being investigated.