Grape, cherry, banana and pineapple. You might think I’m naming the ingredients of my favorite dessert and even thinking about the candy I’ll be seeing in my trick-or-treat bag this year. Unfortunately, I’m talking about flavors added to e-cigarettes that I and other teens see all the time at our local convenience stores. Tobacco companies use flavors like blueberry to draw teens into the deadly addiction of using tobacco products like E-cigarettes. With so many fruity flavors to try, they hope kids will keep coming back.
Our local FACT group knows that these flavored products are not as innocent as they seem. FACT is Wisconsin’s youth tobacco prevention movement and we’re raising awareness that in whatever form, whether it’s hookah pens, puffers and vape sticks, these e-cigarettes are far from harmless. Advertisements for these products like to say they’re just vapor but they don’t like to mention that they also include nicotine and tons of other harmful chemicals.
We don’t want teens to be tricked by fruity flavors and bright colors. Many teens have already been tricked and in fact, more teens are using E-cigarettes then regular cigarettes for the first time ever. This Halloween it’s important to remember, these seemingly innocent candy and fruit flavors could still lure you into addiction. Don’t let yourself get tricked!
Columbus Year Round School