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Health Advisory Issued for Vape Products & E-cigarettes

Dr. Michael D. Mendoza, Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, urges Monroe County residents to stop using all vape products until an investigation into the definitive cause of recently reported vaping-associated illnesses nationwide is concluded.

“Due to the nationwide trend of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette products, I am urging county residents to stop using vape/e-cigarette products,” said Dr. Michael D. Mendoza, Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health. “In addition to this emerging trend of pulmonary disease, we know that these products represent a real health risk to young people as the nicotine within these products is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development.”

The Monroe County Department of Public Health gathers information about the health risk behaviors of students in grades 6-12 through the voluntary and anonymous Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) completed every two years. Data from the YRBS shows that between 2015 and 2019, the proportion of Monroe County youth who reported ever using a vape product/e-cigarette increased from 31% to 35%. During the same time period, the proportion of Monroe County youth who reported using a vape product in the last 30 days increased from 20% to 23%.

In Pittsford, data from the YRBS shows that between 2015 and 2019, the proportion of Pittsford high school students who reported ever using a vape product/e-cigarette increased from 32.6% to 35%. However, during the same time period, the proportion of Pittsford high school students who reported using a vape product in the last 30 days decreased from 22.2% to 20.8%.

Pittsford Schools continues to work with students, parents and staff to provide them with valuable information on vaping, its health risks and prevalence. Students in both high schools received information on vaping at grade-level meetings in September. Additionally, each February, the Reality Check club presents a lesson on vaping and tobacco to eighth-graders in both middle schools. For parents, vaping information sheets were made available at both high school open houses this year. Ann Kane, Pittsford Schools Prevention Coordinator, will also attend upcoming PTSA meetings to present information to parents. For staff, vaping has been added to the agendas of secondary administration staff and Board of Education meetings this fall.

For more information on vaping, please view the Students Service’s Monthly Minute Vaping and E-cigarettes video or the links on the Students Service’s Monthly Minute webpage.