Public Health Advisory: E-Cigarette Use
The 2016 U.S. Surgeon General Report, "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults" raised public health concerns about e-cigarette use among U.S. youth. The report comes amid alarming rates of usage among youth. According to the 2015 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey, about 1 in 4 New Hampshire high school students used an e-cigarette in the previous month. The report finds that, while nicotine is a highly addictive drug at any age, youth are uniquely vulnerable to the long-term consequences of exposing the brain to nicotine, and concludes that youth use of nicotine in any form is unsafe.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recognizes the important role health professionals play in a child’s life. The DHHS is asking NH health professionals that have youth as their patients to review the Public Health Advisory for Pediatricians: E-Cigarette Use Among High School Age Youth in New Hampshire and also check out the WMUR March health headlines.