Protect Our Youth Quiz Results

Question 1

Vaping is safe.

FALSE. While smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death among U.S. adults, researchers still don’t know the long-term health consequences of vaping.

Early indications, however, are not good. In 2020, an outbreak of EVALI (E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury) cases led to thousands of hospitalizations and 68 deaths.

It’s also dangerous to think vape users won’t cross over to smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products. Studies show vape users are much more likely to smoke cigarettes than non-vape users.

Question 2

Kids as young as 12 are using vapes.

Despite the Tobacco 21 law, many young people are still able to get their hands on vapes. How? Through retailers who fail to enforce ID laws, online sellers who fail to verify age and through friends.

Question 3

Vapes look like everyday items such as school supplies.

TRUE — and this is by design. Vape companies want their products to be easy to lose in the shuffle of school supplies and everyday household products. For kids, the ability to easily conceal vapes is a major selling point.

Question 4

It’s illegal to sell all flavored vapes.

FALSE. In 2020, the FDA enacted a ban only on flavored refillable e-cigarette pods and cartridges, but the vape industry sidestepped these regulations with a devious loophole. Making single-use products or disposable vapes allowed companies to keep selling their nicotine-infused flavors such as mint, cotton candy, sweet tart, unicorn poop and many more.

In fact, it is reported that more than 15,500 nicotine-infused flavors are on the market and attracting kids.

Question 5

Vapes contain the same stuff as inhalers.

FALSE — and what’s worse is that vapes contain very little water despite what the name “vaping” implies. Here are just a few worrying things found inside:

Lots of nicotine.

Heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Plus, propylene glycol which is used in antifreeze and smoke machines.

Acrolein, which is an herbicide primarily used to kill weeds and is known to cause lung damage.

Benzene is a compound found in car exhaust — and now vape juice.

Question 6

Nicotine is safe.

FALSE. For young users, no amount of nicotine is safe. It permanently alters the brain of those under 25 and sets them up for a lifetime of addiction struggles. Plus, vape users are much more likely to start smoking cigarettes later in life.