The Partnership to End Addiction defines vaping as: the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol, often referred to as vapor, produced by an e-cigarette, vape pen, or similar device.
- E-cigarettes are devices that operate by heating a liquid solution to a high enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol that is inhaled.
- Solutions, sometimes called e-liquids, typically include nicotine, flavoring and a humectant, such as propylene glycol, to retain moisture and create an aerosol when heated. This flavoring is only FDA-approved for oral consumption, not inhaling.
- A 2018 Truth Initiative study found that among current youth and young adult JUUL users, only 37% knew that the product always contains nicotine.
- A single JUUL cartridge is roughly equal to a pack of cigarettes.
Vaping in the United States
- In 2018, the U.S. surgeon general issued an advisory about the youth e-cigarette “epidemic.” E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth.
- In 2019, 27.5% of high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month, with 11.7% reporting daily use.
- Among Middle Schools, 10.5% reported e-cigarette use in 2019 up from 0.6% in 2011.
- 60% of teens believed e-cigarettes were comprised of mostly flavoring; however 98.7% contain nicotine.
Smoking, Vaping, and COVID-19
- According to a Stanford University School of Medicine Study, vaping is linked to a substantially increased risk of COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults.
- Among young people tested for COVID-19, those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who did not use e-cigarettes.
- Science Daily: E-cigarette users who test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms
- Smoking and/or vaping any substance may increase lung irritation and your risk of viral infection.
- Those with lung disease are at increased risk of worse Coronavirus infection.
- Coronavirus can be passed through saliva. Don’t share vapes, e-cigarettes, cigarettes, bongs or joints with other people.
Information provided by The Partnership to End Drug Addiction, The Truth Initiative and Stanford University School of Medicine.