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Do You Know the Risks?

Vapes contain nicotine - a highly addictive substance that negatively impacts adolescent brain development, and unknown amounts of toxic chemicals. These products are:

  • Widely available online and in stores.
  • Marketed in a variety of fruit and candy flavors to attract youth.
  • Perceived as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
  • Account for the majority of the e-cigarette poisoning calls for children to the Washington Poison Center.
  • Against the law for anyone under age 18 to use or have.

Vapes Aren't Safe or Legal for Youth!

E-cigarette Use is on the Rise!

Youth who begin using nicotine products before age 18 are likely addicted for life. According to the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey e-cigarette use among youth has dramatically increased over the past few years.

  • 23% of Pierce County 12th graders and 20% of 10th graders used e-cigarettes in 2014.
  • 19,000 youth in WA State said they used an e-cigarette in 2012.
  • 19 youth began using an e-cigarette every day in 2012.

Resources

Learn more about the risks of youth e-cigarette use.


Youth Use of E-cigarettes