Student Information

FAQ’s regarding Tobacco/Nicotine Use

How many people use tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chew, snuff) at NDSCS?

  • 29.0% of students used tobacco within the past 30 days.
  • 36.7% of students used tobacco at least once within the last year.
  • 51.4% have never used tobacco.
        o 45.3% of males and 61.7% of females reported never using tobacco.
  • Of those who reported having used tobacco, 25.5% first used tobacco between the age of 16-17, 21.2% between the age of 14-15, and 25.9% were between the age of 18-20.
  • The most common places to use tobacco were in a car (26.5%), where they lived (26.3%), and at private parties (19.9%).
  • Male students were more likely than females to report being regular tobacco users.
        o 13.8% of males and 6.2% of females used daily in the past 30 days.
        o 9.9% of males and 4.5% of females used daily in the past year.

What are e-cigarettes/vaporizers?

  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names – “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “juuling”, “vaporizers,” “pipes,” “mods,” “tanks,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”
  • Some even look like regular cigarettes or pipes. Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other items.
  • E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, which is the addictive drug in regular cigarettes and other tobacco products. These products also contain flavorings and other chemicals that help make the aerosol. Users inhale his aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air.

How many people use vaping devices (e-cigs, vapes, “Juul”, etc.) at NDSCS?

  • 12.6% of students vaped or used electronic cigarettes within the past 30 days.
  • 17.8% of students vaped or used electronic cigarettes at least once within the last year.
  • 70.1% have never vaped or used electronic cigarettes.
  • 66.4% of males and 76.4% of females reported never vaping or using electronic cigarettes.
  • Of those who reported vaping or using electronic cigarettes, 34.1% first used at age 16-17, 34.1% first used at age 18-20, and 8.9% first used at age 21-25.
  • The most common place to vape or use electronic cigarettes were in a car (10.2%), where they lived (8.7%), and private parties (6.9%).
  • Male students were more likely than females to report regular vaping or electronic cigarette use.
      o 17.3% of males and 4.7% of females reported vaping or using electronic cigarettes in the last 30 days, although only 0.5% of males and 0% of females reported daily use of vaping or electronic cigarettes.

What happens if I am caught using any tobacco/nicotine product on or in property?

Use of tobacco, nicotine or vaping devices is strictly prohibited at NDSCS. Not only are they bad for your health and for those around you, they set of NDSCS fire alarms. If you are caught using, you could face a variety of consequences from a $250.00 fine to suspension.

Vaping or Juuling is harmless – right?

No. Most, if not all, of these products contain nicotine. We know that nicotine use – especially in youth – can affect brain development. We also know that it isn’t a “water vapor” that is being inhaled into the lungs, it is aerosol plus heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents.

We don’t have long-term studies on the health effects of vaping, but we know that these products aren’t as harmless and people think.

What do youth think is in their e-cig?

According to the CDC, 66% of youth e-cig users believe that it contains “just flavoring”. It is difficult to know what is in an e-cig…for example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

Can e-cigarettes help adults quit smoking cigarettes?

The jury is still out. The FDA does not currently approve e-cigarettes as a quit smoking aid. A recent CDC study found that many adults are using e-cigs as a cessation aid, but most do not stop smoking traditional cigarettes and are instead continuing to use both products (known as “dual usage”).

What are the health effects of e-cigarette use?

  • May affect teens’ behavior, concentration, memory and their ability to learn
  • Increases risk of low impulse control
  • Chronic nicotine exposure may lead to insulin resistance & type 2 diabetes
  • Inhaled nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure
  • Nicotine is highly addictive
    o Nicotine acts as a gateway drug and primes the brain so things like cocaine and heroin are more rewarding
  • Exacerbate asthma & other lung conditions
  • Releases unsafe levels of lead, chromium, manganese, and/or nickel into the lungs & environment
  • Increased risk of lung, bladder cancer
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Persistent cough, bronchitis, congestion/phlegm
  • Mental Health: strong relationship between youth smoking and depression, anxiety and stress

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