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Alcohol & Vaping Facts

ALCOHOL FACTS

• Teens say that they rely on adults in their lives more than anyone else to help them make tough decisions and to provide good advice. (www.surgeongeneral.gov).

• Everyone can work together to create a community where young people can grow up and feel good about themselves without drinking. (www.surgeongeneral.gov).

• More than 7 out of 10 students nationwide (aged 12-17 years) are alcohol free (toosmarttostart.gov)

• Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don't (DoSomething.org)

• 86% of Palm Beach County middle and high school students are alcohol-free (2020 FYSAS).

• More than 7 out of 10 students aged 12-17 nationwide aged are alcohol free (youth.gov).

• 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause (dosomething.org).

• For youth between 12 to 17 years old, 84.1%, or more than four out of five students, did not use alcohol (US Surgeon General, 2017).

• Underage drinking affects all areas of an athlete’s life including social, physical, mental, academic, and legal (americanathleticinstitute.org).

• Your brain develops until your mid-20s. Alcohol affects your brain’s memory, decision making, and its ability to control coordination and impulses (stopalcoholabuse.gov).

• Drinking alcohol can cause learning and memory problems (abovetheinfluence.com).

• Alcohol is the #1 misused drug in the U.S. (brad21.org/facts.html).

• Kids who start drinking by 15 have a 6 times greater chance of becoming addicted to alcohol when compared to those who waited till they were 21 (cdc.gov).

• Alcohol blocks some messages to your brain. This changes your perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing (abovetheinfluence.com).

• Alcohol is a depressant. That means it's a drug that slows down or depresses the brain (kidshealth.org/kid).



VAPING FACTS

• 88% of Palm Beach County middle and high school students did not vape nicotine in the last month (FYSAS 2020).

• 83% of Palm Beach County middle and high school teens did not vape in the last month (YRBS 2019).

• Smoking increases stress instead of relieving it (realfactsnow.org)

• One vape pod equals an entire pack of cigarettes (quitlying.org).

• E-cigarettes harm youths’ lungs. Youth are at risk for chronic bronchitis which causes cough, chest congestion, shortness of breath and extra mucus (changetochill.org).

• Vaping delivers nicotine to the brain in as little as 10 seconds. Vaping before 25 rewires your brain to intensify your addiction (hhs.gov).

• A teen’s brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to nicotine use disorder (scholastic.com).

• E-cigarette aerosols contain acrolein, a herbicide primarily used to kill weeds (realfactsnow.org).

• Vaping could expose your lungs to toxic metals like nickel, lead, chromium, tin and aluminum (therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov).

• As of 2014, the e-cigarette industry spent $125 million a year to advertise their products and used the same techniques that made traditional cigarettes such a popular (e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov)

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