Looks like candy. Tastes like candy. Hooks like tobacco.
Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects, and the risks of using e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)”. E-cigarette use is often referred to as “vaping” and sometimes “juuling”, which refers to one USB-lookalike brand. Some e-cigarettes look like combustible or lit cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, while others look like everyday household items such as USB computer memory sticks, writing pens, asthma inhalers, mint tins, hoodie drawstrings and more.
Even though Rhode Island has a low smoking rate for high school teens compared to the national average (6.1% in 2017 compared to the national average for the same year (8.8%), smoking combustible or lit cigarettes and overall tobacco product use among young people remains a concern. One in five (20.1%) teens report using e-cigarettes and vaping products, while one in every four teens (25.9%) said they used one or more different types of tobacco products. According to the CDC, teens who use e-cigarettes of any kind are four times more likely to smoke lit cigarettes, the deadliest and most cancer-causing of all tobacco products. More
For kids, teens, and young adults, candy-like, sweet, and fruity flavors, as well as mint and menthol flavors, can mask the harsh tastes and effects of tobacco product use, while the chemical nicotine quickly hooks young people to continue using tobacco products until addiction sets in—often for lifelong use as adults. More
Nicotine and tobacco use in any form (e.g. smoking, vaping, dipping, etc.) can harm developing brains of children and teens. Exposure to the chemical nicotine can harm learning, memory, the ability to weigh risk, lifelong decision-making, mood, and impulse control. It can also increase risk of addiction to other substances, including alcohol and drugs. Brain development continues until about age 26. This is when nicotine is most harmful to brain health, when nicotine addiction happens very quickly, and why most smokers (90%) start before adulthood. More
Tobacco products with highly addictive nicotine come in many forms: lit or combustible cigarettes, candy-flavored lit cigars, hookah, smokeless tobacco, chew, dip, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (e.g. e-cigarettes, vaping devices, or brand names such as Juul, Blu, etc). Packaging may resemble and even smell like candy—with designs, colors, images, and motifs that have kid-friendly and teen-friendly appeal. Many of these tobacco products did not exist 10-20 years ago, and none are harmless. Parents can learn more at tobaccofreekids.org. More