E-Cigarettes and Vaping
E-cigarettes have become very popular. These devices (also called e-cigs, vape pens, e-hookah, e-cigars, mechanical mods, and pod systems) are not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.
- The solution and vapor from e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, some of which cause cancer.
- The nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive and can harm brain development.
- E-cigarettes are not recommended as a way to quit smoking.
- In some cases, e-cigarettes have exploded, causing burns or fires.
- Exposure to secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful to growing lungs.
- Long-term health effects on users and bystanders are still unknown.
- E-cigarettes can be used to smoke or “vape” marijuana, herbs, waxes, and oils.
Dangers to Youth
- E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among teens: in 2018, over 20% of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.
- Youth are uniquely vulnerable to the nicotine in e-cigarettes because their brains are still developing.
- Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future.
- Children are exposed to e-cigarette advertising in the media, online, and in magazines and billboards.
- E-cigarettes appeal to children because they come in fun flavors like fruit, bubble gum and candy.
- Although it is illegal for e-cigarettes to be sold to youth under age 18, they can be ordered online.
Risk of Poisoning
- E-cigarette solutions can poison children and adults through swallowing or skin contact.
- A young child can be killed by very small amounts of nicotine: less than half a teaspoon. Because of this, liquid nicotine is required to be sold in childproof packaging.
- Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include sweating, dizziness, vomiting, and increased heart rate.
- Calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in the last five years.