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Vaping: Dangerous, Available & Addicting

​Would you recognize an e-cigarette if you saw one? Not all e-cigarettes look alike, and vaping is easy to hide.

Why is vaping easy for teens to hide? 

Electronic nicotine devices can look like a pen, a computer memory stick or flash drive, a car key fob, or even an asthma inhaler. Instead of inhaling tobacco smoke from a cigarette, e-cigarette users inhale vapor from liquid “e-juice” that has been heated with a battery-powered coil. This is called vaping. The juice is flavored and usually contains nicotine and other chemicals.

E-cigarettes are unhealthy and addictive.

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youths. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.6 million adolescents were vaping in 2018. 

​Here’s what you should know about teen vaping trends:

  • Kids might use different words to talk about e-cigarettes and vaping. For example, “JUULing” is a popular word to describe using a brand of e-cigarette. About 1 in 4 kids who use e-cigarettes also tries “dripping.” Instead of using a mouthpiece to vape, they drip the liquid directly onto a heat coil. This makes the vapor thicker and stronger.

  • Kids can order “e-juice” on the Internet. The legal age to buy e-cigarettes is 18, but online stores don’t always ask for proof of age.

  • E-cigarette juices are sold in flavors like fruit, candy, coffee and chocolate. Most have the addictive ingredient nicotine. The more kids vape, the more hooked they become.

  • Kids who vape just once are more likely to try other types of tobacco. Their developing brains make it easier for them to get hooked.

  • E-cigarettes may not help people quit using tobacco. Some adults use e-cigarettes when they want to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. While a recent report found e-cigarettes are “less toxic” than cigarettes, most people who use e-cigarettes do not quit using cigarettes. The healthiest option is for parents and their children to quit.


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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.