Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are tobacco products that have been sold in the U.S. for about a decade. They include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars, known collectively as ENDS—electronic nicotine delivery systems. They’re also sometimes called JUULs, “vapes” and “vape pens.” E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among kids—and it’s become an epidemic. While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of e-cigarettes, there’s evolving evidence about the health risks of e-cigarettes on the lungs—including irreversible lung damage and lung disease.
The American Lung Association is very concerned that we are at risk of losing another generation to tobacco-caused diseases as the result of e-cigarettes. The Lung Association remains extremely troubled about the rapid increase of youth using these products and has repeatedly called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase their oversight and scrutiny of these products to protect kids.
What You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
Below are answers to common questions about e-cigarettes, including health consequences, risks of secondhand emissions, kids and e-cigarettes and FDA oversight.
What Are E-Cigarettes?
What’s in E-Cigarettes?
Are E-Cigarettes a Gateway to Youth Smoking?
What Are the Health Consequences of E-Cigarette Use?
Can E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?
How Can Smokers Quit?
Are There Risks of Secondhand E-Cigarette Emissions?
Why Isn’t More Being Done to Protect Kids from E-Cigarettes?
More Information on E-Cigarettes
The Surgeon General reports e-cigarette use among youth is a significant public health concern and steps must be taken by parents, educators and especially policymakers to discourage use of e-cigarettes. Learn more about e-cigarettes lung health risks and get downloadable resources for parents, schools and teens.
The Impact of E-Cigarettes on the Lung
There’s evolving evidence about the health risks and impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs.
What Parents Should Know about E-Cigarettes
Information for parents to learn more about e-cigarettes, “vaping” and JUULS and the health effects on kids.
What Schools Should Know about E-Cigarettes
Information on e-cigarettes, “vapes” and JUULs for schools to learn more about what they are, why kids use them and health risks.
What Teens Should Know about E-Cigarettes
Information for teens on e-cigarettes, “vapes” and JUULs, including what they are and health effects.
Additional E-Cigarette Resources
Links other websites, reports educational materials, toolkits and more information on e-cigarettes.