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DA warns of vaping dangers after recent medical emergencies

 "There is nothing harmless about what is occurring," says DA Sosebee on risks of teens vaping



Appalachian Judicial Circuit


September 6, 2018: Within the last week, several teens in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties have experienced medical emergencies as a result of "vaping," by use of electronic cigarettes.

These medical emergencies necessitated treatment by both EMS and treatment at hospitals. The number of incidents within such a shmt time frame in our area is alarming. 

The District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Offices and School Systems in Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties, are working in conjunction to address these issues not only within our schools, but in our community as well.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called "e-cigs," "vapes," "juuls," "e-hookahs," "mods," "vape pens," and "electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)." 

Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other 

everyday items. These battery operated devices deliver nicotine, flavorings and other substances in the form of an aerosol that users inhale. 

Bystanders can breathe in the aerosol when the user exhales.

There has been a significant increase in e-cigarette use in recent years, particularly among kids and teens, but the lack of oversight leaves concerns unanswered about the health and safety of

these products. 

According to the American Lung Association, "Nearly 500 brands and 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes are on the market and none of them have been evaluated by the FDA. We don't know for sure what's in them."

The liquid that is inhaled, known commonly as "vape juice," can contain any number of substances: it can contain flavoring; it can contain nicotine; it can also contain drugs and illegal substances such as THC oil, fentanyl and LSD. 

Of great concern, the user may or may not know what they are inhaling, what their reaction will be to the substances, what they are exposing others to and may erroneously believe that they are simply inhaling "harmless water vapor." 

There is nothing harmless about what is occurring.

We are asking parents, guardians and all those with children in their care to be aware of the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. 

To learn more information you may go to Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at and U.S. Surgeon General website at

You may also reach the District Attorney's office at 706-632-2496 (Fannin), 706-635-5381 (Gilmer) and 706-253-3511 (Pickens) and on Facebook at District Attorney, Appalachian Judicial Circuit.

Thanks to Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney, Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, Pickens County School Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson, Fannin Cow1ty Sheriff Dane Kirby, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson and Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig, and all those within those deprutments, for their immediate attention and action.