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March 2017

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Major Public Health Concern

Author Affiliations
  • 1Office of the US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
 

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JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(3):209-210. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.4662

E-cigarette use among US youth and young adults is now a major public health concern. The use of these products has tripled among our nation’s young people in recent years, and 1 in 6 high school students currently use e-cigarettes.1 E-cigarettes include a diverse group of devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine, flavorings, and other additives. These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and hookah. Despite their prevalence, there is significant public confusion about e-cigarettes with parents, teachers, clinicians, and policy makers unsure how to approach these relatively new tobacco products.

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