Can’t candy coat the facts

Vape use among SD teens and preteens has skyrocketed. In 2015, nearly 1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes. It's easy to understand the appeal – they're cool, come in tons of tasty fun flavors, and smell good. In fact, 85% of e-cigarette users age 12-17 use flavors. But that's where the fun stops. One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes and JUUL devices deliver nicotine nearly 3x faster than other e-cigarettes, making it easier for kids to get addicted faster.
  1. Truth Initiative
  2. Surgeon General
  3. Truth Initiative
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Big Tobacco’s After Your Sweet Tooth

Know why you can't buy candy flavored cigarettes? Because it's illegal for tobacco companies to make them! Even so, they use the same Life Saver, Jolly Rancher and Kool-Aid candy flavors in their cigar, e-cigarette, and vape products that candy companies use. The flavors little kids love. And they tell us they're not trying to market to children? Yeah, right. Candy flavored tobacco products are poisonous.
  1. Tobacco Free Kids

Tricks, not treats.

At first glance, it’s hard to tell, isn’t it? Well, that’s no accident. Confusion works in the tobacco companies’ best interest. They WANT you to think products like chew tobacco, vape, mods, JUUL pods, and flavored cigars are as fun and as harmless as candy bars are to kids. That’s because tobacco products are becoming less and less popular and tobacco companies are trying to get people addicted to nicotine in other ways. And it’s working. A recent study right here in South Dakota reports that 47% of young adults have tried e-cigarettes. Most of them are people who would never even think of smoking cigarettes. It’s a trick, not a treat. Nicotine in any form is poison and ADDICTIVE! Don’t buy it.

  1. New England Journal of Medicine
  2. American Lung Association
  3. SD College Student's Perceptions of e-Cigarettes Report, 2015; pg22
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