Tobacco and E-cigarettes

Public Health Advisory: Outbreak of Serious Vaping Related Lung Illness

Public health officials are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette and marijuana vaping devices. As of September 6, 2019, more than 450 possible cases of lung illness have been associated with these products. Five deaths have been confirmed nationally. It is likely these illnesses and deaths were caused by a chemical exposure as evidence does not suggest infectious lung disease as the cause. (click for more details)

As a public health department, we are very interested in tobacco and e-cigarette use prevention.

Local, state and federal rules govern tobacco and e-cigarettes. In Newton, tobacco and e-cigarette related ordinances are contained primarily in Chapter 20 and in local health tobacco related regulations. In 2014, the city revised its ordinances with a youth prevention focus to include increasing the minimum purchase age to 21, prohibiting the sale of flavored products in most Newton stores and regulating e-cigarettes in the same way as traditional cigarettes.

Get the facts on e-cigarette use and teens/young adults from the U.S. Surgeon General.

How to Start the Conversation with your teen about not using e-cigarettes.

Check out the new Get Outraged campaign from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with lots of great information and tips about e-cigarettes.

If you're an educator looking for resources to use with youth, Stanford Medicine has a great Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, including a new unit about the JUUL and other electronic cigarettes.

The Public Health Consequences of E-cigarettes are explained in a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report.

Newton surveys middle and high school students every year about their behavior, including tobacco and e-cigarette use. For the latest data, check out the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The next survey will be administered in Fall 2018, with results available in late Spring 2019.

Periodically the department presents prevention information to groups interested in learning more about the new products on the market and their  health effects. For information, or to schedule a prevention presentation, please contact Teresa Kett at

Newton high school students and their families can reach out to the prevention/intervention counselors at Newton North or Newton South for questions, information and resources on e-cigarettes, addiction and more.

Alison Malkin

Prevention/Intervention Counselor

Newton North High School

(617) 559-6237

Brian DeLeskey

Prevention/Intervention Counselor

Newton South High School

(617) 559-6577


Updated 10/2/18

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