Talk with teens and young adults you know about the dangers of e-cigarette use.
- E-cigarettes are a rapidly changing product class, and are known by many different names, including "e-cigs," "ehookahs," "mods," and "vape pens".
- A new type of e-cigarette has become increasingly popular among our nation's youth due to its minimal exhaled aerosol, reduced odor, and small size, making it easy to conceal.
- Many of these new e-cigarettes look like a USB flash drive, among other shapes. One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL.
- Other companies are now also starting to sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine.
- A typical JUUL cartridge, or "pod," contains about as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
- These products also use nicotine salts, which allow particularly high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation than the free-base nicotine that has traditionally been used in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
- This is of particular concern for young people, because it could make it easier for them to initiate the use of nicotine through these products and also could make it easier to progress to regular e-cigarette use and nicotine dependence.
Information for Parents
- Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of all forms of e-cigarette use for young people at Know the Risks website.
- Set a good example by being tobacco-free. If you use tobacco products, it's never too late to quit. Talk to a healthcare professional about quitting all forms of tobacco product use. For free help, visit the Smokefree website or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
- Adopt tobacco-free rules, including e-cigarettes, in your home and vehicle.
- Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them. It's never too late.
- Let your child know that you want them to stay away from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, because they are not safe for them. Seek help and get involved.
- Set up an appointment with your child's health care provider so that they can hear from a medical professional about the health risks of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
- Speak with your child's teacher and school administrator about enforcement of tobacco-free school policies and tobacco prevention curriculum.
- Encourage your child to learn the facts and get tips for quitting tobacco products at the Smokefree Teen website.