Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. This can lead health problems, including damage to the lungs.
According to the Upstate New York Poison Center, one in five (1 in 5) high school students admitted to using e-cigarettes in 2018 – a 78 percent increase from the previous year. In that same time period, the rate of e-cigarette use by middle school students increased by 48 percent.
Below are a few vaping resources for families and students.
Video created by the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Be Tobacco Free Web site
Massachusetts Department of Health - Make Smoking History Web site
Center for Disease Controls - Smoking and & Tobacco Use Web site
E-Cigarettes and Youth - What Parents Need to Know Fact Sheet from the CDC
Talk with Your Teens About E-Cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents from the CDC
New York State Center for School Health Web site Regarding E-Cigarettes