What You Need to Know About Vaping
E-cigarette use among both youth and young adults has increased considerably in recent years. About one-quarter of U.S. youth and young adults have ever tried e-cigarettes. More than 6 of 10 youth believe that occasional use of e-cigarettes causes only little or some harm.
The truth is scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people.
Because most tobacco use starts during adolescence, actions to protect our nation's young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction are critical.
Working together, we can keep our youth and young adults safe from the dangers associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
Between 2011 and 2018, past-30-day e-cigarette use grew dramatically among middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students. E-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product by youth in the United States since 2014. Dual use, or use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes by the same person, is common among youth and young adults (ages 18-24).
E-cigarettes are a 2.5 billion dollar business in the United States. As of 2014, the e-cigarette industry spent $125 million a year to advertise their products and used many of the techniques that made traditional cigarettes such a popular consumer product.
Marketing and advertising of conventional tobacco products like cigarettes are proven to cause youth to use tobacco products. Scientists are also finding that youth who are exposed to e-cigarette advertisements are more likely to use the product than youth who are not exposed.
Youth tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. A recent national survey showed that about 10% of U.S. youth believe e-cigarettes cause no harm, 62% believe they cause little or some harm, and 28% believe they cause a lot of harm when they are used some days but not every day. In 2014, nearly 20% of young adults believe e-cigarettes cause no harm, more than half believe that they are moderately harmful, and 26.8% believe they are very harmful.
Young people who believe e-cigarettes cause no harm are more likely to use e-cigarettes than those who believe e-cigarettes cause a lot of harm.
What Action Do We Take?
In alignment with the recommendations of the US Department of Health and Human services, we believe that educating staff, parents, and students about vaping facts is the most effective preventative measure. Through our Student Resource Officers (SROs) and school counselors, each school determines their vaping education programming needs. Please help by talking to your teen about vaping.
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services.