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About E-Cigarettes & Vaping

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals to create an aerosol that is inhaled. Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping.” Vaping is not safe for anyone, especially kids, teens, or young adults.

The large volume of nicotine in e-cigarettes makes them highly addictive and harmful to brain development—while increasing the risk that young people will smoke cigarettes in the future. Plus, the vapor can contain cancer-causing toxins and tiny particles that harm the body.

Youth vaping is an epidemic

Knowing the risks, signs, and treatment of e-cigarette use can help you stop or prevent the youth in your life from vaping.

  • More than 3.6 million U.S. school children vape, according to the Surgeon General.
  • Federal health officials report that more than one in five high schoolers and one in 20 middle schoolers vaped within a 30-day period in 2020.
  • Flavors in e-cigarettes are one of the top three reasons young people prefer them. The flavoring predisposes kids to become tobacco users more than those first exposed to non-flavored tobacco flavor.

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