E-cigarettes poserisk to kids, adults
I was very pleased to see the article “Safer cigarette?” that was published April 1. I was particularly happy to see the research quoted in the article bore out what I have already observed in our own community: Many young people have turned to “vaping” because they consider it a “safe” alternative to conventional cigarettes. In fact, there are significant dangers associated with e-cigarettes.
The lack of regulation of the devices concerns me greatly, both as a public health practitioner and as a parent. The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently said there has been a greater than 300 percent increase in the number of reported exposure incidents related to e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, many of these incidents involved children.
The liquid nicotine contained within e-cigarettes is beginning to prove to be more harmful than we ever imagined. Toxicologists are warning exposure to even a very small amount of liquid nicotine can cause vomiting, increased heart rate and seizures, especially in children.
The risk for small children to die from this type of exposure is very real. The bright colors and appealing flavors, like cotton candy and bubble gum, encourage children to be tempted by the products. In addition to the risks associated with liquid nicotine, there have been several incidents of e-cigarette devices exploding and causing injuries to the user.
I am so thankful the Tribune chose to publish this article and can only hope it serves to raise awareness in the community of this growing trend and the dangers it poses to both the youth and adults in our community.
Jennifer L. Sexton, RN, BSN
Has teen a right to defend himself?
I find the front-page story about three men entering another person’s property, trespassing, stalking and with the intent to commit bodily harm to the resident residing there, rather frightening. The resident, a teenage boy, is charged with attempted murder for protecting himself. It appears the resident acted in self-defense.