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.

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.

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.

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.

Resources

E-cigarette Ads and Youth

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