E-CIGARETTES: THE MOST POPULAR TOBACCO PRODUCT AMONG YOUTH Many young e-cigarette users do not know what is in the products they are using. Among current youth and young adult JUUL users, only 37 percent knew that the product always contains nicotine. A recent study found that 98.7 percent of all e-cigarette products sold at convenience stores, supermarkets and similar outlets contain nicotine. Yet, many young people aren’t aware that the products they use contain nicotine. In fact, 60 percent of teens incorrectly reported e-cigarettes as being comprised of mostly flavoring, 43 percent of young people who ever used e-cigarettes tried them because of appealing flavors, and 40% of young adults who use e-cigarettes were never smokers before trying e-cigarettes. Source: Tobacco Control DID YOU KNOW?
- E-cigarettes operate by heating a liquid solution that contains at least 60 harmful chemicals and produces an inhalable aerosol that contains even more chemicals (CDC).
- While using an e-cigarette is often called “vaping,” the devices produce an aerosol, not a vapor (CDC).
- Many of the “flavorings” used in e-liquids have been approved by the FDA for oral consumption, but not for inhalation (FDA).
- Some e-cigarettes are designed to resemble regular cigarettes, while others look more like cigars, pipes, pens and even USB flash drives.
- E-cigarettes are rapidly evolving. About 11.7% of high school students use e-cigarettes (National Youth Tobacco Survey).
- The new high-nicotine product JUUL has become so popular with youth that it took over 68% of the e-cigarette market in 2 years. JUUL e-cigarettes delivers the nicotine up to 2.7 times faster than other e-cigarettes.
- Unintentional drug poisoning or ingestion of e-liquids can be very dangerous and is the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. (CDC).