E-Cigarette/Vaping Information for Parents, Teachers, Coaches & Healthcare Providers

Until the CDC/FDA determines the cause of 380 confirmed and probable cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the CDC is recommending people not use e-cigarettes.

To date, there have been no cases of vaping-related lung issues that have been associated with products sold in New Jersey Medical Marijuana dispensaries. People should not buy products off the street or add substances not intended by the manufacturer.

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine (the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products), flavorings, and other chemicals to help make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes.

They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”

Some e-cigarettes looks like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

Many e-cigarettes and vaping materials contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, and it is difficult to know what each individual product contains.

E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

Women who are pregnant, youth, young adults, or adults who are not currently using tobacco products should not start vaping or using e-cigarettes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Risks of E-Cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.

Some of the ingredients in e-cigarettes could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term.

It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances.

Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused fires and explosions, some of which have resulted in serious injuries.

Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Youth Vaping Rising Sharply, Displacing Traditional Cigarettes

Cigarette use among New Jersey high school students has declined steadily since the Department of Health began measuring it in 1999. In 2012, the Department began measuring youth "vaping," or use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). In 2012, traditional cigarettes were used at a higher rate than e-cigarettes.

The Department saw a sharp increase in e-cigarette use in 2014, when e-cigarettes surpassed traditional cigarettes among New Jersey high school students. In 2016, rates of e-cigarette use remained higher than traditional cigarettes.

Nationally, youth vaping spiked in 2018, with more than 1 in 5 high school students and about 1 in 20 middle school students reporting e-cigarette use. (See infographics)

E-Cigarettes and Vaping In The News

At this time, the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating multiple reports from healthcare facilities of severe lung illness in people who report vaping. Cases in New Jersey have been primarily reported among persons between the ages of 16 to 45 with no significant past medical history. The Department has sent a statewide health alert to health care providers and local health departments following recent reports of severe lung disease in people who have used vaping products.

No single product has been implicated. Patients have reported high variability in substances/products they used in vaping, including both tobacco and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing products as well as other products.

Last Reviewed: 9/17/2019