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Vital Signs: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2018
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 68(6);157–164 (Feb. 15, 2019)
School nurses know e-cigarette use is surging among middle and high school students
Adolescents may start using e-cigarettes because they believe they are harmless. Nicotine, a key ingredient in tobacco products, is an addictive drug. Tobacco use by and around children and adolescents is a particular concern due to increased risk for addiction and passive exposure. Smoking is a known cause of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Young people who use e-cigarettes, such as the popular JUUL brand, are more likely to transition to combustible cigarettes.
From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Public health consequences of e-cigarettes. Consensus study report