June 2019

This summer, stay cool. Dont Juul. 

While you're having fun with family and friends this summer, here's some information on vaping from ITAT  that you can share!

JUULING: It's an epidemic

Juuling has become a teen epidemic across the country. With its discreet design, teens are able to smoke high concentrations of nicotine without any smell or a pack of ciggarettes. 

“JUUL uses benzoic acid and nicotine salt technology to deliver higher concentrations of nicotine than conventional e-cigarettes. News reports and social media analyses suggest that both the marketing and discreet product design of JUUL are particularly appealing to young people.” -CTV news

  Massachusetts High school student athletes are caught vaping at school and forced to miss games, tournaments, and other sport related activities. According to their athletic director Paul Spear,  “It’s affected a much wider spectrum of kids. It used to be quite a daring thing to smoke a cigarette in a bathroom because you could smell it, so somebody knew that someone had been smoking, with these, there’s no way that you can know.”

A U.S. surgeon general advisory stated that 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students vape. Lawmakers across the country are pushing to increase the legal puchase age for tobacco products to 21. 

Many high school students don't realize the harm that nicotine can do to their lungs and nervous systems, or how addictive it is. One juul pod has at least as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, some studies say they contain more.



Juuling: Its Impact on Oral Health


The big tobacco companies target teens with appealing designs and flavors. However, many teens aren't aware of the ingredients in electronic tobacco products and how those ingredients can damage their oral health. 

One of the ingredients in vape juice is propene glycol. According the the Perio-Implant Advisory, "Propene Glycol is a viscous, colorless liquid that possesses a faintly sweet taste and is one of the major ingredients of the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes. When used orally, the breakdown products of PG include acetic acid, lactic acid, and propionaldehyde, which are all toxic to enamel and soft tissue. (4) In addition, PG is a hygroscopic product, which means water molecules in saliva and oral tissue will bond to the PG molecules, leading to tissue desiccation. (5) The result of this is xerostomia, or "dry mouth," which has been shown to lead to an increase in cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues." In addition to propene glycol, electronic tobacco products contain vegetable glycerin and nicotine which both rapidly decay gum and tooth health and increase the risk of gum disease and cavities. 


ITAT continues to bring awareness to the dangers of the vaping epidemic. 

Health Facts: 

-Tobacco is the #1 cause of preventable death

-7.6% of Utah teens use e-cigarettes regularly

-Tobacco still kills nearly half a million Americans and more than 7 million people worldwide each year

  • The tobacco industry relentlessly peddles its deadly products, targeting kids and other vulnerable populations.
  • Tobacco kills over 480,000 people in the U.S. and over 7 million worldwide each year.

-5.6 million kids alive today in the U.S. will ultimately die from smoking

  • In the U.S. alone, tobacco companies spend $9.1 billion a year — $1 million every hour — to market their deadly products.

(Utah DOH,,


  • More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it.
  • More than 84 million US adults—1 in 3—have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it.
  • In 2017, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion.

In the United States, 40% of adults have obesity, and 72% are overweight or have obesity

(,, CDC)

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