Nicotine Delivery: Nicotine is absorbed through the gums and cheeks and enters the bloodstream faster than traditional smoking. This makes it more addictive and harder to quit.
Consequences: Apart from overall nastiness? Dipping can permanently stain your teeth and the inside of your mouth. It has also been proven to cause cancer. For a more sobering visual, see Gruen Von Behrens’ story.
Marketing to Kids: Minty flavors, deceptive packaging, easy to hide and use where smoking is not allowed
Product(s): Vape pens, tanks, vaporizers, etc. (New products hitting the market every day)
Nicotine Delivery: Much like smoking, nicotine is ingested through the tip of the product and enters the bloodstream through the lungs.
Consequences: The vaping industry is booming, no doubt. And if we get that, you better believe Big Tobacco gets it too. There is little to no research available on the health consequences of these products. They’re just too new. BUT, we get that nicotine is a highly addictive substance and the active ingredient in these products.
Marketing to Kids: How much time do you have? Candy flavoring, cool designs, innovative, ever-changing market, easily-adopted vaping culture
Product(s): Sticks, strips, orbs, etc.
Nicotine Delivery: These products melt in your mouth, delivering nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the tongue, cheeks, and gums.
Consequences: A lot of the time, these products look suspiciously similar to non-tobacco products like candies and mints. This can lead to nicotine poisoning in children. Not to mention the negative effects that come with ingesting nicotine.
Marketing to Kids: Packaging and products that resemble candy, candy flavoring, easy to hide and use where smoking is not allowed
Name: Hookah (AKA Shisha)
Product(s): Hookah or water pipe
Nicotine Delivery: Much like smoking, the plume is ingested through the lungs and delivers nicotine into the bloodstream.
Consequences: Because most hookah or shisha products are flavored, you don’t get the harshness of a traditional cigarette or cigar. This means that you can puff away long after you would have finished your cigarette. This means more of that nasty chemical soup , and nicotine, is going into your body.
Marketing to Kids: Candy flavoring, hip culture heavily adopted by young adults
We Get It is an Alabama Youth Tobacco Prevention campaign that works with the Alabama Department of Public Health and different organizations around the state to restrict the marketing of Big Tobacco to Alabama’s kids.