Thank you for taking a look at our new website on a growing public health threat to our nation's young people – the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. As these products have been advertised more heavily, they have become much more popular among youth in middle and high school, and among young adults ages 18-25. One of every 6 high school students has used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, and these products are now more popular with middle and high school students than traditional cigarettes.
We already know that e-cigarettes have the potential to cause lasting harm to the health of young users. Most contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug that can damage normal development of the brain – a process that continues until about age 25. E-cigarettes also contain other additives that are known to be dangerous to health. So it makes sense for us to take steps to prevent young people from starting to use these products in the first place, and to help those who already use e-cigarettes to stop.
This website contains important information for parents, teachers, coaches, health care providers, and others who influence youth and young adults. It gives you the latest data on e-cigarette use and the resulting health risks, based on the science in the Surgeon General's Report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults. It also offers steps you can take to protect the young people in your life. I hope you will join us as we address this new challenge in our efforts to help all Americans live healthier, tobacco-free lives.
Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.
19th U.S. Surgeon General