The 2016 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults is the first report issued by a Federal agency that comprehensively reviews the public health issue of electronic cigarettes and their impact on our nation's young people.
The numbers are shocking. More than 5 million middle and high school students currently use e-cigarettes, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Study (NYTS), up from more than 3.6 million last year.
Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products., and using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.1
There is growing concern about the long-term health effects of aerosolizing nicotine and other chemicals in e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The additives, heavy metals, ultrafine particles, and other ingredients they contain include toxins and carcinogens.
Vaping cannabis produces stronger effects than smoking cannabis for infrequent user
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction when doses were the same.