What is vaping?
E-cigarettes are devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to users through an inhaled aerosol. The use of e-cigarettes among youth is an exploding trend — from 2011 to 2015, vaping rose by over 900% among high school students, according to a report issued by the Surgeon General. It remains by far the most common form of nicotine use among young people.
These devices are referred to by a variety of names, including “juuls” e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” and “tank systems.” E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver other drugs besides nicotine, such as marijuana.
Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people. We know that the vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful because it contains harmful chemicals, in addition to nicotine. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.
Resources for more information about Vaping and E-Cigarettes:
Surgeon General’s Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults
What is a JUUL? Fact Sheet
How to Talk with Teenagers About Vaping – NYTimes, February 2018