Vaping & Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic Cigarettes are also known as:
Vape Pens
Tank Systems
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)

Electronic Cigarette Aerosol may contain:
Ultrafine particals
Flavorings, such as diacetyl, "a chemical linked to a serious lung disease"
Volatile organic compounds
Cancer-causing chemicals
Heavy metals (nickel, tin, lead)

The risks of electronic cigarettes for youth, young adults, and pregnant women include an addiction to nicotine, a substance toxic to developing fetuses, can harm adolescent brain development, harm the lungs, and can lead to the use of other addictive, harmful tobacco products.

The CDC states:

In the United States, youth are more likely than adults to use e-cigarettes
in 2016, more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, including 4.3% of middle school students and 11.3% of high school students. In 2016 3.2% of U.S. adults were current e-cigarette users
In 2015, among adult e-cigarette users overall, 58.8% also were current regular cigarette smokers, 29.8% were former regular cigarette smokers, and 11.4% had never been regular cigarette smokers.
Among current e-cigarette users aged 45 years and older in 2015, most were either current or former regular cigarette smokers, and 1.3% had never been cigarette smokers. In contrast, among current e-cigarette users aged 18-24 years, 40% had never been regular cigarette smokers.

Helpful Resources

Know the Risks about Electronic Cigarettes
American Heart Association Keep Kids and Teens from Smoking
American Lung Association

American Cancer Society

More Information

CDC Tobacco Prevention
Catlin Mathews
Community Health Educator
330-627-4866 ext 1559
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