Electronic cigarette use among adolescents is at epidemic levels. About 3 million U.S. high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2018, a 78 percent increase from 2017 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2018). E-cigarette use among U.S. middle school students increased almost 50 percent, with 570,000 of those students reporting usage. Since 2014, teenagers are more likely to use e-cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes or other tobacco products.
E-cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, are not safe.
Recent studies show e-cigarettes:
- Contain cancer-causing chemicals.
- Produce an aerosol, not a water vapor.
- Contain the toxic and powerfully addictive drug nicotine (in most brands), which can damage adolescent and young adult brains, which continue developing until about age 25.
- Are associated with a higher likelihood of smoking or other substance use.
E-cigarette advertising reaches four out of five middle and high school students (CDC, 2018).