With the recent outbreak of e-cigarette related illnesses, the Brazos County Health District encourages citizens to be well-informed about the dangers of e-cigarette use. E-cigarettes go by many different names and include, but are not limited to, JUULs, vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). E-cigarettes in any form carry significant risk to the lungs, veins, and heart. It is especially dangerous to obtain e-cigarettes from informal sources (friends, family, school mates, dealers or off the street), modify them or add homemade or illicit substances.
As per the CDC's current recomendations, the Brazos County Health District discourages e-cigarettes, especially among the following:
- Teens and young adults under the age of 25
- Pregnant and nursing women
- Adults who have never used tobacco
Adults who wish to cease or cut back on traditional tabacco products should talk to their doctors about other safer, more effectives methods of quitting. The Brazos County Health District also offers free tabacco cessation counseling Monday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Wednesday: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, and Friday: 7:45 am - 9:00 am.
For more information about the recent outbreak, visit https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html.
For questions and concerns about e-cigarettes and local cases of e-cigarette associated pulmonary disease, please call Yao Akpalu at 979-361-5726.