What is an e-cigarette?
An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld battery-powered vaporizer that simulates smoking and provides some of the behavioral aspects of smoking, including the hand-to-mouth action of smoking, but without burning tobacco. Using an e-cigarette is known as “vaping” and the user is referred to as a “vaper.”
Who’s using e-cigarettes:
Between 2011 and 2017, e-cigarette use significantly increased among youth in high school and middle school. The 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 11.7 percent of high school students and 3.3 percent of middle school students used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, compared with 1.5 percent of high school and 0.6 percent of middle school students who reported current use in 2011.
Like youth, young adults aged 18 to 24 are also using e-cigarettes at increasing rates. The amount of young adults who use e-cigarettes every day or some days increased from 2.4 percent in 2012 and 2013, to 5.2 percent in 2015.
E-cigarette use has also increased among adults in recent years, yet much less dramatically than among youth. Between 2012 and 2013, 2.4 percent of adults aged 25 to 44 and 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 64 used e-cigarettes. By 2016, those rates increased to 4.2 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively.
Connecticut Tobacco Use – What are the facts?
Current Outbreak of Lung Illness
To keep up with the current outbreak of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes, please check-out the link below. It is updated by the CDC as more information becomes available.
Quick Facts on E-Cigarettes
The link below includes important information on the risks of using e-cigarettes for kids, teens and young adults and helpful information for parents, teachers and coaches.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Truth Initiative – Inspiring Tobacco-free Lives