Electronic nicotine delivery systems and vaping devices are now the most commonly used forms of tobacco consumed by youth and young adults. A variety of chemicals and toxicants released during inhalation have harmful systemic effects and effects on the lung. The known and potential health consequences are particularly alarming. There is concern that use of these devices will create a new generation of life-long smokers with nicotine and polysubstance addiction. Beyond the concerning chronic health effects of regular use, there is a recent epidemic of severe, acute lung disease termed e-cigarette, or vaping product use-associated lung injury, (EVALI), associated with high morbidity and mortality. These issues demand immediate public health attention. Healthcare providers play key roles in limiting the exposure of youth and young adults to these products by providing evidence-based counseling to patients and families, and by advocating for regulations to protect against childhood initiation and continuation of use.
|Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
|Published - Feb 2020
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health