Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of vaping and where to get help to quit.
E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks. Below are a few key facts, be sure check out more here or at one of the many resources listed below.
E-Cigarettes/Vaping are not safe for youth, young adults, and pregannt women, as well as adults who do not current use tobacco products.
The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.
Some studies show that non-smoking youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes in the future than non-smoking youth who do not use e-cigarettes.
In 2018,1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past month.
As of Feb 2020, 68 deaths were attributed to EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury) across the US.