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.
On May 1, 2018, members of the Phoenixville Area Middle School Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) Club traveled to the State Capitol to participate in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Day At The Capitol.