What You Need to Know about Vaping and Teens

Teens are more likely to use vaping devices than cigarettes. The increase in vaping among youth is rising at such an alarming rate that the U.S. Surgeon General is calling it an epidemic that "demands action to protect the lives of young people." In fact, teens 15 to 17-year-olds are 16 times more likely to use JUUL products than adults. Teens are not just experimenting, they are regularly users. Two times as many boys use e-cigs as girls.

JUUL devices are high in nicotine content and have a high risk of addiction and other serious health consequences. Teens who vape are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes. Research shows 30.7 percent of e-cig users started smoking within 6 months while 8.1 percent of non-users started smoking.

Youth are exposure to e-cig advertising, many ads tout that vaping is healthier. Do inhaling toxic chemicals sound healthy to you? More than 52.8 percent of middle school students are exposed to retail ads-that's a problem. Vaping is more than "harmless water vapor."


High school teenagers have many flavors to choose from, thousands upon thousands. While kids where identifying their favorite flavor in life, the tobacco industry was learning too. The flavors young people love are often filled with toxic nicotine.

Youth and young adults are uniquely at risk for the effects of nicotine because their minds are not like adults'. Their brains aren't fully developed, not until individuals turn 26-30 years-old. Adolescents and teens can become addicted more easily to nicotine, because addiction is a form of learning.

A maturing brain makes special note of newly learn skills or memories, so addiction happens quickly and more susceptible to addiction to other drugs like cocaine. They can suffer from the long-term neurological effects that nicotine addiction brings. (US Surgeon General Report)

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