Teens & Ecigs

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Appeal to Young People

Youth and young adults cite a variety of reasons for using e-cigarettes. These include:

  • Curiosity
  • Taste, including the flavors available in e-cigarettes
  • The belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than other tobacco products

Flavored e-cigarettes are very popular, especially with young adults. More than 9 of 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets. More than 8 of 10 youth ages 12-17 who use e-cigarettes said they use flavored e-cigarettes.

Teen Beliefs

Youth tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. But a recent national survey showed that more than 6 of 10 American teens believe that e-cigarettes cause little or only some harm as long as they are used sometimes but not every day. 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 use e-cigarettes are more likely to believe they cause no harm than those who have never used e-cigarettes.

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The Bottom Line

Nicotine exposure during adolescence, a critical period for brain development, can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.

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 America’s youth and young adults safe from the dangers associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction.

Source:  Get the Facts on E-cigarettes | Know the Risks: E-cigarettes & Young People | U.S. Surgeon General’s Report

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