The use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes has grown exponentially in recent years—especially among young adults in the United States. According to the report, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, the use of e-cigarettes by high school students increased by 900 percent between 2011 and 2015.
The liquid used in e-cigarettes contains nicotine and other harmful chemicals, including heavy metals and carcinogens. The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes comes in thousands of different flavors, many of which are appealing—and harmful—to children.
Regardless of how it is consumed, nicotine is a highly addictive drug and has clear neurotoxic effects, especially on developing brains. Unfortunately, many young adults do not realize the harmful side effects of e-cigarettes.
Do your part to explain to your teen that an e-cigarette is just as deadly and addictive as a normal cigarette. For more information, visit https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.