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Vaping and the Smoking Ordinance

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Vaping and the Smoking Ordinance

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Vaping and the Smoking Ordinance

  1. 1. PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT VAPING AND E-CIGARETTE USAGE Proposed Changes to Smoking Ordinance
  2. 2. WHAT ARE E- CIGARETTES/VAPING? • E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices that use cartridges filled with liquids. Those cartridges contain nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals. • The liquid is heated up by the device and produces a vapor, which is where the term “vaping” originates.
  3. 3. WHAT ARE E- CIGARETTES/VAPING? • Besides nicotine, a popular substance used in e-cigarettes is THC, (tetrahydrocannabidoil), the active ingredient in marijuana that produces a high. CBD (cannabidiol) is also used but does not produce a high. • E-cigarettes can be purchased online and in stores, including specialty tobacco stores or vape
  4. 4. TYPES OF E-CIGARETTES
  5. 5. HEALTH EFFECTS • EVALI (Electronic Vaping Associated Lung Injury) – A recently coined phrase from the CDC to describe widespread lung illnesses from vaping and e-cigarette use. • Dangerous chemicals found in e-cigarettes include propylene glycol, glycerol, and diacteyl. • Along with chemicals to produce flavoring, they are linked to cancer as well other serious lung conditions. When these liquids are heated up, they produce fine particles that are released into the lungs.
  6. 6. HEALTH EFFECTS • A common ingredient in e-cigarette flavoring is diacetyl, which causes bronchiolitis obliterans. Also known as popcorn lung, it scars the tiny air sacs in the lungs, causing thickening and narrowing of the airways and leading to wheezing and shortness of breath. • Addictive nicotine can harm adolescent brain development. The brain continues developing into the mid-20s. Nnicotine can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control, and can be a gateway to using other substances.
  7. 7. RISE IN VAPING- RELATED ILLNESSES IN TEXAS Cases of Lung Injury Related to Vaping Public Health Region Cases North Texas (2/3) 131 Southeast Texas (6/5S) 43 Central Texas (7) 28 South Texas (8) 13 Rio Grande Valley (11) 13 East Texas (4/5N) 6 Panhandle (10) 4 West Texas (9/10) 3
  8. 8. E- CIGARET TES AND YOUTHS
  9. 9. E- CIGARET TES AND YOUTHS
  10. 10. E- CIGARET TES AND YOUTHS
  11. 11. FEDERAL RESPONSE • The FDA will take steps to remove most unauthorized flavored e-cigarettes from the market. It applies to mint, fruit, and dessert flavors, but not menthol or tobacco- flavored products. • Teens will likely switch to menthol flavoring or use a tank instead of disposable e-cigarettes since the ban on the flavors was not extended to tanks. • Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution, and sale of unauthorized, flavored, cartridge-based e- cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA actions.
  12. 12. PROPOSED ORDINANCE CHANGES  First ordinance passed in 2009 with minor revisions in 2010.  Electronic cigarettes were included in the first ordinance.  In 2019, the City of Bryan passed its first smoking ordinance, and it included more specific language related to vaping and e-cigarette use.  We are proposing to add similar language that expressly includes vaping in sections where vaping is not stated.
  13. 13. PROPOSED ORDINANCE CHANGES Proposed language changes:  Amend definitions of smoking to include vaping, and add a vape shop definition.  Amend minors’ age to 21 with an exception for military service, following recent changes to state law.  Add that vape possession and use of e-cigarettes by minors is prohibited.

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