Who Is Using E-cigarettes (Vape) and Why?

Youth and young adults are the primary users of e-cigarettes. High school students use e-cigarettes at rates five times higher than adults over age 25. Youth and young adults say their reasons for trying and using e-cigarettes are flavor and taste, curiosity and the belief that they are less harmful than other tobacco products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Currently, e-cigarettes are not as strictly regulated as cigarettes. Except for menthol, the FDA does not allow cigarettes to contain flavored tobacco. This is not the case for e-cigarettes. E-cigarette companies know youth are attracted to many of the almost 8,000 e-liquid flavors. Some of the sweet and fruity flavors that appeal to young people are cereal and milk, cherry cola, bubblegum, chocolate mint, blueberry cheesecake and fruit punch.


Nicotine is Addictive and Dangerous for Youth and Young Adults

Most e-liquids contain nicotine, the highly addictive compound in all tobacco products that is not harmless and may be particularly problematic for young people. Nicotine can harm the developing brain of adolescents and young adults, which can:

  • lead to lower impulse control and mood disorders;

  • disrupt attention and learning among youth and young adults; and

  • prime the developing brain for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, such as cocaine.

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    Vaping (E-Cigarettes) Banned in Public Places across New York State

    E-Cigarettes Added to New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act

    ALBANY, NY (November 22, 2017) – The New York State Department of Health is reminding all New Yorkers that beginning today the use of electronic cigarettes is banned indoors everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited in New York.

    “Although e-cigarette use is promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco use by the vaping industry, research has shown that they may carry long-term health risks for users and those exposed to secondhand emissions,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “I applaud Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent exposure to secondhand e-cigarette emissions in public places for all New Yorkers.”

    This new law will reduce exposure to the potentially dangerous chemicals for e-cigarette users and those around them. Prior to electronic cigarettes being added to the Clean Indoor Air Act, only the smoking of substances containing tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes or pipes, were restricted in public places. While many counties have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places, including restaurants, bars and other work places, this bill makes the law consistent across New York State. This ban builds upon legislation signed in July by Governor Cuomo that immediately banned the use of e-cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in New York State.

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Concerns explode over new health risks of vaping
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E-Cigarettes: The Health Risks of Vaping
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Teens Are ‘Juuling’ At School. Here’s What That Means

The Juul, a trendy vape that resembles a flash drive and can be charged in a laptop’s USB port, accounted for 33% of the e-cigarette market as of late 2017, according to Wells Fargo data. The product is made for and legally available only to adults 18 and older, and its “growth appears to be due to growth with the 18 to 24 year old age group,” according to a Wells Fargo report.

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