A pressing issue in society right now is the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

In recent years, there has been a surge in e-cigarette use among our youth nationwide. This alarming trend has been exacerbated by the introduction of new types of e-cigarettes, which have created a perfect storm of addiction and health risks. 

The consequences of youth e-cigarette use includes nicotine addiction, which can lead to a myriad of health complications including – but not limited to – respiratory issues, cardiovascular disease, and compromised cognitive function. 

E-cigarette use has become an epidemic among our nation’s young people. However, the good news is that we know what works to effectively protect our kids from all forms of tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes. We must now apply these strategies to e-cigarettes, including USB flash drive shaped products such as JUUL. 

Information for Parents  

You have an important role to play in addressing this public health epidemic. Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of all forms of e-cigarette use for young people at https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.  

Set a good example by being tobacco-free. If you use tobacco products, it’s never too late to quit. Talk to a healthcare professional about quitting all forms of tobacco product use. For free help, visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  

Adopt tobacco-free rules, including e-cigarettes, in your home and vehicle. Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them. It’s never too late.  

Get the Surgeon General’s tip sheet for parents, Talk With Your Teen About E-cigarettes, at https://ecigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

Start the conversation early with children about why e-cigarettes, including JUUL, are harmful for them.  Let your child know that you want them to stay away from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, because they are not safe for them. Seek help and get involved. 

Set up an appointment with your child’s health care provider so that they can hear from a medical professional about the health risks of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. 

Speak with your child’s teacher and school administrator about enforcement of tobacco-free school policies and tobacco prevention curriculum. 

Encourage your child to learn the facts and get tips for quitting tobacco products at Teen.smokefree.gov.