From: Marcia Peterson
To: Rebecca Lockhart, Brad Dee, Greg Hughes, Don Ipson, Melvin Brown, Brad Wilson, Dean Sanpei, Jennifer M. Seelig, Tim Cosgrove, rchouch, Jack Draxler, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Ryan Wilcox, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Richard Greenwood, Curtis Oda, Steve Handy, Roger Barrus, Jim Nielson, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Brian King, Lee Perry, Janice Fisher, Larry Wiley, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Jim Bird, Earl Tanner, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, John Knotwell, Kraig Powell, John G. Mathis, Kay Christofferson, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Jerry Anderson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Paul Ray, LaVar Christensen, Stewart Barlow, Rebecca Houck, Brian Greene, Mike Kennedy, Ronda Menlove, Edward Redd,
Subject: Regulation of e-cigarettes to prevent access from youth
Date: Mon Feb 24 13:55:34 MST 2014
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I have been a teacher of youth at the junior high and high school levels for over thirty years.  During the past year or so, I have been absolutely amazed at the large number of young people in my classes who indicate that they have tried and/or are currently using e-cigarettes.  They are easily accessible to them and are marketed toward them by using flavors that attract youth. 

 

One group that I taught all loved "Mountain Dew;" another loved "bubble gum;" another loved the fruity flavors, and so on.  It is absurd that this product is so readily available to our young people!!!  The use of e-cigs has skyrocketed among our young people and they obviously have easy access to them.

 

The young people have no idea about the nicotine dependency patterns that occur with the adolescent brain and how very quickly they can become addicted to nicotine.  They just know that it makes them "feel good!"

 

In studying about e-cigarettes it is apparent that there is no supervisory control on the manufacture of them----especially with the juice (liquid that contains the nicotine drug)!  Tests have shown that even though specific amounts of nicotine are listed on the label, the juice does not necessarily contain that amount, but to the contrary, often contains MUCH higher levels----even with the labels that indicate a zero level of nicotine.

 

Tests were made by the Davis County Health Dept. that verified that the levels were not accurate.  The consumer of these products has no idea about the accuracy of the products listed on the label of the juice because there are no FDA or other controls placed in the manufacture of the juice.  They can be produced anywhere and are under no sanitary or regulatory guidelines. 

 

The bottles containing them are not child-proof and since nicotine is absorbed through the skin, there is danger of contamination both through the skin and/or (frighteningly enough) through a small child ingesting the liquid since it has such "yummy flavors."

 

I am certain that you have been given educational literature that can help you be educated about the danger of e-cigarettes and the access to them by young people.  I hope that you will study such information carefully.  I know for a fact that they are easily obtained by our youth and some controls need to be done immediately before more youth fall prey to the tobacco companies and those others who are just manufacturing these products in their homes, vans, garages, and even in the vaping stores themselves without any regulatory guidelines.

 

As a teacher of our youth, I urge you to please support the passage of HB112 that would regulate these products and help to keep them out of the hands of our young people.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information about this serious issue!  cell: (801-558-224)

 

Thank you,

Marcia Peterson

Holladay, UT