E-Cigarettes/Vaping Among Teens

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    Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are also known as "e-cigarettes," "e-cigs," "vapes," or "vape pens." They use a nicotine liquid which is usually fruit or candy flavored. The CDC has warned that e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or non-smoking adults.

    Vaping reached epidemic status among teens in 2018, only about a decade after the devices hit the market. Some teens developed severe lung illness and/or lung damage after vaping for a short time, while others have suffered burns, seizures, and the effects of nicotine addiction.

    Despite the dangers, vaping continues to grow in popularity. In 2020, over 3 million high school and 550,000 middle school students reported using e-cigarettes. By high school, 1 in 5 students reported regularly using e-cigarettes (CVSHealth Foundation).

    Some of the reasons teens vape are:

    • Vaping seems trendy and fashionable.
    • They have friends or family members who vape.
    • They like the variety of flavors.
    • Vaping devices are small and easily concealed.
    • They believe it is safer than smoking cigarettes.

    Millions of teens vape, but research shows most don’t know vaping exposes them to addictive and dangerous chemicals. The more you know about vaping, the better you can help teens avoid its dangers (Texas Department of State Health Services).

Resources on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Talking to Teens About Vaping