E-cigarettes are devices that electronically vaporize a solution that contains nicotine creating a mist which is then inhaled often referred to as vaping. These Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) use cartridges or juices in various flavors and amounts of nicotine.

Health professionals are concerned about growing trend of e-cigarette use among young people. A recent study in NY shows more high schoolers use e-cigarettes than smoke cigarettes.

Adults are NOT the only major users of e-cigarettes, as the tobacco industry would like you to believe. Only 3.8% of adults use e-cigarettes but recent data shows that high school youth are using e-cigarettes at a much higher rate than adults—27%.

Young people who use e-cigarettes are 4x times more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes than their peers who do not vape

Although these devices are perceived and marketed as a “healthier alternative” to conventional cigarettes, the vapor generated contains nicotine and harmful toxins. The long-term carcinogenic and lung function effects of e-cigarettes are unknown.

There are seven FDA-approved methods to treat nicotine addiction, and the use of e-cigarettes is not one of them. E-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes.

Currently, the FDA does not regulate e-cigarettes or the hundreds of differently flavored nicotine liquids used in them. Therefore, manufacturers have no standards and can make any claims about their products without penalty. ENDS should not be considered safe products.

Resources

E-cigarette Ads and Youth

  1. What Parents Should Know
  2. Surgeon General
  3. Health Risks of E-Cigarette Use