OXNARD, CA – (October 23, 2019) – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health, want to proactively raise awareness about the hazards of vaping, and how it may impact lung health. Until approximately 25 years of age, the brain is still growing, and use of nicotine and other drugs are more likely to cause detrimental, long-lasting effects.
This important health issue is prevalent in our local hospitals and we seek to educate community members about the potential health risks associated with vaping. According to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, e-cigarette use among both youth and young adults has increased considerably in recent years, with about one-quarter of American youth and young adults having tried e-cigarettes.
E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to youth. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing second-hand e-cigarette aerosol poses potential health risks.