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Youth Vaping Epidemic & Park District NO SMOKING Policy

Posted on June 15, 2019

Youth think vaping isn’t as bad as smoking cigarettes, but it’s actually worse. In addition to having addictive nicotine, vaping products contain formaldehyde and acrolein. Formaldehyde is a respiratory irritant that causes chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and nose and throat irritation. It can also cause cancer, and has been linked to an increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids. Acrolein is severely irritating to skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Inhalation of acrolein may result in respiratory distress and delayed pulmonary edema. Contact with the skin or eyes produces irritation, and can result in chemical burns.

A lengthy article by Vitisia Paynich, published in the June 2019 Parks & Recreation magazine, talks about how parks and recreation agencies are helping to fight e-cigarette use among America’s teens. Read the article when you have some time and determine for yourself the effects that vaping has on a person’s lungs and brain.

In the meantime, we’d like to remind all our park and facility visitors, that the Carol Stream Park District has adopted a NO SMOKING (of anything) ordinance on ALL park district property. That includes smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars; use of e-cigarettes; use of tobacco; and use of matches in any form. This also includes e-pens, e-hookahs, hookah pens, vapes, vape pens, etc. If you are parked in one of our parking lots and feel the need to smoke or vape in your car, you need to move your car off park district property. READ MORE about our park district Tobacco Free Policy.

Thank you for keeping our air clean and nontoxic!




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