CONVERSATION STARTERS

Between teachers at school, friends and peers, media exposure and their healthcare provider, today's youth are bombarded with messages about their health. And, often times, these messages are factually inaccurate, incomplete or conflict one another. These Conversation Starters provide a way to begin conversations with youth in a way that is simple and straightforward.

If you have turned on the TV or walked down a busy street recently, you have likely seen electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).  E-cigs are sometimes referred to as vapes, vapors or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). All of these are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid solution creating a vapor that is then inhaled by the user. 

Have you heard of a hookah before? What about shisha, goza, hubble-bubble or Narghile? All of these describe a water pipe where tobacco smoke is passed through water before being inhaled. Smoking hookah originated in Asia and the Middle East hundreds of years ago. The traditions have slowly made their way to America.

People are aware of the dangers of cigarette use, but often underestimate the potential harm of chewing tobacco. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chewing tobacco has 28 cancer-causing chemicals and is associated with oral (mouth) cancers. Nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes, is also found in smokeless tobacco products and many of the challenges in quitting are the same.