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Don't Know What 'Vaping' Is? OCSD to Host Series of Presentations on E-Cigs

The sheriff's department is joining county health and educational officials to explain th ins and outs, especially how they may affect students.

The sheriff's department is hosting a series of presentations about e-cigarettes. Patch file photo.
The sheriff's department is hosting a series of presentations about e-cigarettes. Patch file photo.
Don't know much about e-cigarettes? Want to get law enforcement's and health agencies' position?

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education, is hosting a series of free, public presentations on electronic cigarettes and their use by students in local schools.

Topics will include the various types of e-cigarettes and vapor pens; how they work; their prevalence in schools; health concerns; and prevention tips.

Presentations are intended for adults only.

  • March 10 -- Dana Point at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern 
  • March 19 -- Laguna Hills at Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Parkway 
  • March 25 -- Lake Forest City Hall, 25550 Commercentre 
  • March 27 -- Rush Park Auditorium, 3121 Blume Drive 

All presentations are scheduled from 6:30–8 p.m
Debra March 07, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Some family members switched from cigs to vaping and they were able to quit cigs. E cigs can't be used for anything but what they're intended, but you can buy vaps made for use with marijuana. It's kinda two things we're talking about.
Chris O March 08, 2014 at 02:07 AM
Propylene Glycol is a plastic derivative. Who would be stupid enough to put plastic molecules into their lungs? Plastics are known to be carcinogens. According to oncologists, there is no way to die which is a more painful death than with lung cancer
Matt Crouse March 08, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Chris - Although you're wrong (PG is an alcohol derived from fermented corn or yeast, certainly not any type of "plastic") and chances are very high that you consume it at least several times per week (for example in ice cream, soda, flavored syrups, muffins, biscuits, Folgers coffee, creamer, and the list goes on and on), it is not my intent here to debate the medical effects of FDA approved food additives. My intent is twofold: 1) To raise the question of why there is so much "reefer madness" hysteria about these things, and 2) To point out that this is not a law enforcement issue in Orange County as there are currently no laws here relating to them. OCSD has better things to do than going around spreading misinformation in order to scare an already under informed public.
Jeroen Dehaene March 08, 2014 at 03:37 PM
@Chris O: Plastic? Really? Can I get lung cancer from Propylene Glycol? I went to a pulmonologist recently and he said that while he could't officially recommend electronic cigarettes, they were probably 1000 times safer than cigarettes.
Annie Williams March 08, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Fudge brownies can be used to deliver weed . Lets ban them too. This whole hysteria over e-cigs is just that, hysteria. They do not contain plastic or vegetable oil , they contain propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, nicotine and a flavor. The 4 components of e-liquid are IDENTICAL TO the ingredients in Nicotine inhalators, in fact they have fewer ingredients than all Nicotine Replacement Therapy , they also have the same level of Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines as NRT. If e-cigs are unsafe then so is every Pharmacy sold NRT. E-cigs pose no risk to bystanders AT ALL and a infinitesimal risk, equivalent to drinking coffee, to the user. This is not conjecture it is scientific fact borne out by over 90 peer reviewed scientific studies of e-cigs. There are NO VALID arguments for the insanity surrounding them . There are reasons though and those reasons are financial and ideological.

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