Deadly Consequences of E-Cigarettes and Vaping

E-cigarette use among both youth and young adults has increased considerably in recent years. About one-quarter of U.S. youth and young adults have tried e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, the vapor from e-cigarettes is not harmless.

E-cigarettes commonly contain:

  • Nicotine and other harmful chemicals
  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • Flavorings such diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
  • Volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust
  • Heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.

There has now been six confirmed Vaping-related deaths in the United States with at least 500 more cases of lung illness associated with using e-cigarettes. It is time to stop Vaping.