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Concerns associated with e-cigarettes
The use of e-cigarettes (JUULs, vaping pens, etc.) has quadrupled among incoming UW-Madison students since 2016. Using an e-cigarette device as a substitute for cigarettes prevents the inhalation of smoke, but it does not prevent the inhalation of chemicals and potential harmful side effects.
The Food & Drug Administration does not regulate e-cigarettes and they are not an approved method to quit smoking. Unregulated devices that deliver nicotine can contain substances that are toxic to the lungs or other bodily tissues. Although extensive research has not been performed on e-cigarettes, data already shows both long- and short-term negative effects from chemicals and heavy metals in e-cigarettes.
“We know that e-cigarette use in the college student population has dramatically increased,” says Dr. Bill Kinsey, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s chief health officer and medical director of University Health Services (UHS). “E-cigarettes pose a health risk to users. They emit a vapor that contains harmful chemicals and the effects on the health of the user, and those around them, are largely unknown.”
Recently, 11 Wisconsin teenagers were hospitalized with severe lung damage that doctors suspect is linked to vaping.
In 2016, UW-Madison updated it’s campus smoke-free policy to include e-cigarettes.
“The use of any vapor producing item is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to E-cigarettes, hookahs, and other vapor producing products. When smoking outside, you must remain at least 25 feet from the residence hall.”
“By reducing, and eventually eliminating, the use of cigarettes, tobacco, and other nicotine-containing products on campus, we continue our efforts to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and employees,” says Kinsey.
UHS offers free individual counseling for students who are interested in strategies for quitting smoking or e-cigarettes. Providers will work with students on behavioral strategies and/or prescription smoking cessation medications. Call 608.265.5600 or log in to MyUHS to schedule an appointment with a behavioral health provider. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is available at 800-QUIT-NOW or WiQuitLine.org.
“This is a rising trend among incoming students and we want to work with all students to help them make healthy choices,” says Kinsey.