WHAT IS VAPING?
What Is Vaping?
Vaping and electronic cigarettes are battery‐operated devices that produce aerosol. They are often called e‐cigs, e‐hookahs, hookah pens, vapes, vape pens, vape pipes, mods or Juuls.
There are different types of devices, and devices can contain nicotine, THC, or CBD.
What Do Vaping Devices Look Like?
Vape devices come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that can often be difficult to identify. JUULS look like USB flash drives while other brands can look like anything from a regular cigarette/cigar to a smoking pipe, an everyday pen, or a battery charger for your smart phone.
Patterns of Use
The current use rate among middle schoolers rose from 0.6% in 2011 to 10.5% in 2019. The rate dropped to 4.7% in 2020.
In 2019, reported e-cigarette use among adults over the age of 18 was highest among adults aged 18-24 years old (9.3%). Over half (56%) of these e-cigarette users reported they had never smoked cigarettes.
E-cigarettes were the second most commonly used tobacco product, with 4.5% (10.9 million) of U.S. adults reporting use of the product in 2019.
In 2019, 36.9% of current adult e-cigarette users were current cigarette smokers.
In 2017, 11.7% of high school students had used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. By 2018, that number had risen to 21% and, by 2019, 27.5% of high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month. That number dropped to 19.6% in 2020.
In 2020, 82.9% of youth e-cigarette users used flavored e-cigarettes, including 84.7% of high school users (2.53 million) and 73.9% of middle school users (400,000).
Youth e-cigarette users cite flavors as a top reason they began using e-cigarettes, second only to use by a family member or friend.
The FDA has also reported that, among current youth users of e-cigarettes, 97% used a flavored e-cigarette in the past month.
The market share of disposable e-cigarettes nearly doubled in just 10 months from August 2019 to May 2020. Disposable e-cigarettes likely rose in market share after the FDA restricted flavors in non-disposable e-cigarettes, making disposable e-cigarettes with youth appealing flavors such as candy and fruit the only flavored products still available for purchase.
In Napa County
A 2019 California Healthy Kids Survey found that 19% of Napa County 11th graders have used E-Cigarettes in the past 30 days and only 59% of 11th graders perceived e-cigs/vaping to be harmful.
The total number of stores selling e-cigarettes increased more than 20% from 55% in 2013 to nearly 68% in 2016. The total decreased in 2019 to 58.9%.
68.9% of stores sell flavored non-cigarette tobacco products.
70.4% of stores near schools flavored non-cigarette tobacco products. (That number 68.4% in 2013 and 81.3% in 2016.)
Information for Parents
Adolescent years are times of important brain development. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain. For more information, please check the links below.
COVID-19 and Vaping/Smoking
Smoking & Vaping could make you more susceptible to COVID-19.
Protect your lungs.
Quit Smoking & Vaping.
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