Submitted By Carissa Mazzeo
In regard to, “Lead, other toxic metals could be inhaled while vaping, study says,” it is alarming to us as youth to learn that there are toxic metals in e-cigarettes. In New York state, 1 in 5 high school students uses e-cigarettes, Juuls, and other types of vapes. It’s hazardous to public health that more than 10 percent of the liquids on the market contain arsenic. Some of the chemicals in flavoring contain diacetyl, a chemical known to cause severe lung disease.
Besides the severe impacts of toxic metals in vapes, nicotine is present in nearly all e-cigarette products amongst 7,700 other chemicals. What most do not know about e-cigarettes is that the manufacturing companies are owned by Big Tobacco and they are utilizing it’s decades old playbook.
Reality Check of TFSI aims to educate our peers, our community, our parents and our teachers about the risks and harms associated with these products. It is our hope to create a tobacco-free generation on the local, state and national level.
(This letter was signed by members of Reality Check youth of Tobacco-Free Staten Island: Kiara Lugo, Trinity Lugo, Joseph Terzian, Ethan Givilli, Isaac Snitkoff, Christopher Becker, Christian Spiegal, Vincent Ferrante, Kallie Spiegal and Leah Leivant.)