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Discussion of various disorders and ways to identify them

Tips for protecting your mental health

Mental Health Association video contest

The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee in collaboration with the Knox County Health Department and WBIR is hosting a PSA contest for middle and high school students across East Tennessee. Winning students and teams can win up to $300 and the chance for their PSA contest to be shown on WBIR. Teachers whose students submit a PSA will enter a drawing to win $100. The final deadline for submissions is November 24, so please have your students make their submissions soon!

 

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vape education Facts For Parents About E-Cigarettes & Vaping
Stop Vaping Now!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating an outbreak of severe lung disease related to vaping that has caused severe illness and death in many US states.
The American Academy of Pediatrics joins the CDC to remind parents that e-cigarette use is never safe for youth, young adults, or pregnant and/or breastfeeding women.



​E-cigarettes are exploding in popularity, and are being used by both adolescents and adults. They are not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.

E-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, pod systems, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes can resemble traditional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports actions to prevent children and youth from using or being exposed to the vapor from e-cigarettes.

Here are facts and tips to help parents and caregivers address e-cigarette use and exposure.

Are They Safe?
The solution in e-cigarette devices and vapor contains harmful chemicals like antifreeze (made from one of two chemicals: propylene glycol or ethylene glycol), diethylene glycol, and carcinogens like nitrosamines which can cause cancer.

The nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive and can harm brain development.

E-cigarettes are not recommended as a way to quit smoking.

In some cases, e-cigarette devices have exploded, causing burns or fires.

Secondhand smoke/vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful to growing lungs.

Long-term health effects on users and bystanders are still unknown.

E-cigarettes can be used to smoke or "vape" marijuana, herbs, waxes, and oils.

E-cigarettes are not yet regulated nor approved for smoking cessation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the long-term health effects to users and bystanders are still unknown. Due to the lack of regulation, the chemical compounds in an e-cigarette device can vary between brands.

The best way to protect your children is to never smoke or vape near them. Talk with your doctor about quitting all tobacco. Never smoke indoors, in your car, or in places that children spend time.

Dangers to Youth:
E-cigarettes are the most commonly-used tobacco product among teens. In 2018, over 20% of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.

E-cigarettes contain a liquid solution that is usually flavored. Flavors, which are appealing to children, often are things like peach schnapps, java jolt, piña colada, peppermint, bubble gum, or chocolate.

Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future.

Children are exposed to e-cigarette advertising in the media, and in magazines and billboards.

Although it is illegal for e-cigarettes to be sold to youth under age 18, they can be ordered online.


Risk of Poisoning:
E-cigarette solutions can poison children and adults through swallowing or skin contact.

A child can be killed by very small amounts of nicotine: less than half a teaspoon. See Liquid Nicotine Used in E-Cigarettes Can Kill Children.

As of 2016, liquid nicotine is required to be sold in childproof packaging.

Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include sweating, dizziness, vomiting, increased heart rate lethargy, seizures, and difficulty breathing.

Calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarette devices have skyrocketed in the last 5 years. In 2014, poison centers in the US reported 3,783 exposures to e-cigarette devices and nicotine liquid, compared to only 1,543 exposures in 2013. In 2015, 3,073 exposures were reported.​

Recommendations for E-cigarette Users:
Protect your skin if handling e-cigarette products.

E-cigarette users should always keep e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine locked up and out of the reach of children and follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.

If exposure to liquid nicotine occurs, call the local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

Additional Information & Resources:
Vaping: Dangerous, Available & Addicting

For Teens: Straight Talk about Smoking

Raise the Tobacco-Buying Age to 21: AAP Explains Why

AAP Policy Statement: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (AAP Policy Statement)

E-cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern (CDC.gov)

E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General (SurgeonGeneral.gov) – This report concluded that youth should not use e-cigarettes due to the health effects on users and on others exposed to secondhand e-cigarette aerosol.​

Vaporizers and E-cigarettes (FDA.gov)


Last Updated 9/10/2019
Source American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2018)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
Post secondary education paths Understanding Postsecondary School Types
Oxford Dictionaries offers the following definition of college:
Main Entry: col-lege
Function: noun
1 An educational institution or establishment, in particular one providing higher education or
specialized professional or vocational training.
There are many different types of colleges and schools in general, which means that you have a
wide variety of choices. The best type of education for you may be available right here in Oklahoma.
Check out OKcollegestart.org and click on “College Planning/Explore Postsecondary Schools”
to learn about Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Here are some examples to help with your
decision:
Four-Year Universities
- Offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees
- Include Oklahoma’s research and regional universities and public liberal arts university
- Examples: University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University
Community Colleges
- Take about two years to complete a degree program
- Are usually less expensive than some other types of colleges
- Examples: Connors State College and Carl Albert State College
Technical Branches
- Emphasize education and training in technical fields
- Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and Oklahoma State University-
Oklahoma City are Oklahoma’s technical branches
Technology Centers
- Prepare you for a specialized career or trade
- Offer several certifications, some online
- Examples: Moore Norman Technology Center and Mid-America Technology Center
Proprietary Schools
- Privately-owned or out-of-state colleges and universities that aren’t supported by state funds
- Prepare students for direct entry into an occupation or profession
- Examples: Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and DeVry University
Private Schools
- Privately-owned accredited colleges and universities that aren’t supported by state funds
- Offer associate, bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees
- Examples: Oklahoma City University and The University of Tulsa
Note that several terms can be used to describe the same school. For example, the University of
Oklahoma is a four-year, public university.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
and other federal laws and regulations, do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, handicap or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions,