The Dangers of Vaping
E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products. If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start. E-cigarettes have only been sold in
the U.S. since 2007. So researchers still don’t know how vaping impacts people’s long-term health. But there are some dangers we do know about:
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has known health effects
- Nicotine is highly addictive
- Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women
- Nicotine is toxic to developing fetuses
- Nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-twenties
Do your kids vape?
- You might not even know, because not all vaping devices look like cigarettes or pipes. Some look just like everyday objects such as pens, flash drives and even makeup.
- Selling e-cigarettes to minors is illegal in 48 states. But 94% of kids who try to buy them online have been able to.
- Kids who vape are three times more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes within a year than kids who don’t vape.
Learn more & get help with quitting
The California Smokers’ Helpline helps people quit the nicotine habit, including vaping. For help, visit their website or call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.