Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Make New Jersey First State in the Nation to Impose Permanent Ban on Flavored Vape Products
The legislation prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored vape products, including menthol.
Electronic Smoking Device Task Force Report
Recommendations Issued Pursuant to Executive Order No. 84. Through Executive Order No. 84, Governor Murphy called for an Electronic Smoking Device Task Force to provide recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature that outline a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to protect New Jerseyans and to educate the public, particularly youth, about the risks of electronic smoking devices.
NJ Department of Health Announced the First Death Associated With National Vaping Outbreak
The Department of Health announced the first New Jersey death associated with the national vaping outbreak. The death, involving an adult female from northern New Jersey.
Youth Tobacco Use: Results form the National Youth Tobbaco Survey
Currently e-cigarette use among middle and high school students increased alarmingly between 2017 and 2018.
E-Cigarettes: Talk to Youth About the Risks
You have an important part to play when it comes to talking to kids about the harms of e-cigarettes.
The Vape Talk
If You Don't Protect Your Kids From Vaping,Who Will? Over 5,700 kids start vaping every day. Misconceptions, peer pressure and marketing tactics all contribute to the staggering rise. Talk to your kids about e-cigarettes while they're still willing to listen.
There have been 2,758 confirmed and probable cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
CDC laboratory testing of fluid samples collected from the lungs from 54 patients submitted to CDC from 18 states found vitamin E acetate in almost all of the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive in the production of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
CDC continues to recommend that people should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers.
To date, there have been no cases of vaping-related lung issues that have been associated with products sold in New Jersey Medical Marijuana dispensaries. People should not buy products off the street or add substances not intended by the manufacturer.
The CDC has confirmed 64 deaths in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
E-cigarettes are electronic devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine (the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products), flavorings, and other chemicals to help make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes.
They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”
Some e-cigarettes looks like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.
Many e-cigarettes and vaping materials contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, and it is difficult to know what each individual product contains.
E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.
Women who are pregnant, youth, young adults, or adults who are not currently using tobacco products should not start vaping or using e-cigarettes.
Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.
Some of the ingredients in e-cigarettes could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term.
It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances.
Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused fires and explosions, some of which have resulted in serious injuries.
Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.
Cigarette use among New Jersey high school students has declined steadily since the Department of Health began measuring it in 1999. In 2012, the Department began measuring youth "vaping," or use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). In 2012, traditional cigarettes were used at a higher rate than e-cigarettes.
The Department saw a sharp increase in e-cigarette use in 2014, when e-cigarettes surpassed traditional cigarettes among New Jersey high school students. In 2016, rates of e-cigarette use remained higher than traditional cigarettes.
Nationally, youth vaping spiked in 2018, with more than 1 in 5 high school students and about 1 in 20 middle school students reporting e-cigarette use. (See infographics)
At this time, the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating multiple reports from healthcare facilities of severe lung illness in people who report vaping. Cases in New Jersey have been primarily reported among persons between the ages of 15 to 75 with no significant past medical history. The Department has sent a statewide health alert to health care providers and local health departments following recent reports of severe lung disease in people who have used vaping products.
No single product has been implicated. Patients have reported high variability in substances/products they used in vaping, including both tobacco and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing products as well as other products.
- Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults (August 11, 2020)
- Spreading the Gospel About Vape Dangers, One School at a Time (February 12)
- Vaping Kills a 15-Year-Old in Texas (January 9)
- Vaping: The Latest Threat to Lung Health video (January 7)
- Teen drinking, cigarette smoking down as marijuana vaping rises: study (December 18)
- Vaping addiction in a brand new generation: New Jersey 11-year-olds say they use e-cigs (October 31)
- How To Talk To Teens About Vaping (October 6)
- Years Ago, This Doctor Linked a Mysterious Disease to Vaping (August 24)
|Confirmed and Probable Cases
|38 female, 70 male
|Regions of State Impacted
|Reports Under Investigation
|4 female, 7 male
|Regions of State Impacted
* The Communicable Disease Service is no longer reviewing and investigating reported cases of EVALI as of Feb. 18, 2020
**Part of Probable Cases