vaping & E-cigarettes

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Vaping & E-cigarettes

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Facts & Statistics about Vaping & E-Cigarettes

  • The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018—a difference of about 1.5 million youth.
  • Nearly 1 of every 20 middle school students (4.9%) reported in 2018 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 0.6% in 2011.
  • Nearly 1 of every 5 high school students (20.8%) reported in 2018 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 1.5% in 2011.
  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
  • Vaping can affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood in youth
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine, such as marijuana, meth, heroin, etc.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.
  • Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not look like other tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”
  • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”
  • Because vaping is new, we do not know all the affects it will have on the body over time.
  • ​Popular vaping devices among youth are the JUUL, Sourin, and PHIX.
    • With these devices, each pod contains the equivilant of 1, 2, or 4 packs of cigarettes depending on the device.  These devices are very small and easy to conceal.  Most parents aren't aware that they are vaping devices.
  • What do teens say is in their e-cig?
    • 66.0 percent say just flavoring, 13.7 percent don’t know, 13.2 percent say nicotine, 5.8 percent say marijuana, and 1.3 percent say other.
  • Manufacturers don’t have to report e-cig ingredients, so users don’t know what’s actually in them.​
  • As of November 13, 2019, 2,172* cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and 2 U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • Forty-two deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia (as of November 13, 2019).