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Vaping Facts

 What is vaping? 

E-cigarettes are devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to users through an inhaled aerosol, are a rapidly emerging trend, and are especially popular among youth and young adults. 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 ingredients, including nicotine. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.

Why am I suddenly hearing so much about it?

Vaping is on the rise among young people. 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.

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