A library presentation at noon Thursday, Dec. 12 will focus on Juul and other e-cigarettes.

The presenter will be George Haws, the coordinator of Community Connections Tobacco Free Lincoln County. Haws said there has been a troubling increase in the use of e-cigarettes by minors in the last two years.

In a survey conducted a year ago, 47.4% of Lincoln County 12th graders indicated they had used e-cigarettes during the previous 30 days.

Also, 26.3% of 10th graders said they used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days, as did 13.9% of 8th graders, Haws said.

His “What’s up with Vaping” presentation will last about 45 minutes. There is no charge to attend. People are asked to contact the library at 535-8036 ahead of time to help them plan for seating.

Haws said the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not well known; however, there have been hundreds of reported cases this year of people across the U.S. developing serious lung conditions related to their use.

He said the addictive and harmful effect of nicotine on growing brains is especially troubling. E-cigarettes and other tobacco products contain nicotine. The brain is not fully formed until the early to mid-20s.

Haws plans to address the following topics, and allow time for questions and answers:

  • Why teens and young adults are attracted to e-cigarettes.
  • Effects of the nicotine on developing brains.
  • Other health concerns, including lung damage, and the problem of users adding marijuana/THC and other drugs to vaping devices.
  • How to recognize a vape — they are hidden inside pens, watches, etc.. Some are made to look like computer flash drives.
  • Where to find help for teens and adults who want to quit using tobacco or e-cigarettes.
  • What states and localities are doing about e-cigarettes.
  • Where to find more information.

The 2018 survey was conducted by the University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research. The Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey involves 8th, 10th and 12th graders in schools across the state, and is conducted on even-numbered years. Haws said.