The Surgeon General reports that electronic cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. Tobacco use, of any kind, by teens is unsafe.
In a 2019 national survey of over 42,000 adolescents it was reported that 12% of 8th graders, 25% of 10th graders and 30% of 12th graders used a vaping product within the last 30 days
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. Did you know that more than 4 in 5 U.S. adults oppose e-cigarette use in public places?
Tobacco use facts from the Center for Disease Control:
- Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. Click here to see how.
- Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths. More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.
- Smoking causes about 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all causes in men and women. The risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years in the U.S. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. In 2018, 13.7% of all adults (34.2 million people) currently smoked cigarettes: 15.6% of men, 12.0% of women. Thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day and many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.