E-cigarettes, also called vape, were created to get around smoke-free laws and health concerns, and keep people addicted to nicotine. Vape companies, many of which are owned by the tobacco industry, say they help people quit smoking. But this is another example of the industry’s lies. Consider these facts:
Because e-cigarettes are not regulated, people don’t know what they’re breathing into their lungs. Vaping isn’t just breathing water vapor; it’s breathing an aerosol filled with tiny chemical particles. Many of these are known to cause cancer.
E-cigarettes contain nicotine — a lot of it in most cases. They are the tobacco industry’s way of keeping people addicted. More than half of Oregon adults who vape also smoke cigarettes.1
E-cigarettes are used far more often by youth to start than by adults to quit.8 They were introduced in sweet flavors and designed to look like USB devices — appealing to young people and easy to hide from parents and teachers. In just two years, youth vaping in Oregon went up 80 percent.2 A recent study showed that youth who vape are three times more likely to start smoking cigarettes than their peers who don’t vape.3
Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless.
The tobacco industry has aggressively marketed pouches and cans of chew and snuff in rural areas for decades. Tobacco companies pitch smokeless tobacco as a safe alternative to cigarettes, but it is not.4 Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas. Smokeless tobacco also causes gum disease and tooth loss.5
In rural Oregon, the tobacco industry happily steps up to sponsor civic gatherings and popular sports events. Nicotine, wall-to-wall advertising and tradition combine for a potent blend: One in six young men (age 18-24) in rural Oregon6 use smokeless tobacco.
But smokeless tobacco isn’t limited to rural areas.
Young people, especially, love the sweet-flavored, candy-like varieties. In all, more than 120,000 adult Oregonians used smokeless tobacco in 2017.7