US Surgeon General has declared youth vaping an epidemic
"I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of protecting our children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. The recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market, is a cause for great concern. We must take action now to protect the health of our nation’s young people."

Though this has been declared an epidemic in the United States but India is not lacking behind in vaping among youths. Earlier in a move to protect health risks to children, adolescents and women of reproductive age, the Indian health ministry had asked states to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Hookah etc.

The tobacco product landscape continues to evolve to include a variety of tobacco products, including smoked, smokeless, and electronic products, such as e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to the user via an inhaled aerosol.

E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine – the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain – which continues to develop until about age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can impact learning, memory, and attention. Using nicotine in adolescence can also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs. In addition to nicotine, the aerosol that users inhale and exhale from e-cigarettes can potentially expose both themselves and bystanders to other harmful substances, including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deeply into the lungs.

You Can Take Action

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. Ask about e-cigarettes, including small, discreet devices, when screening patients for the use of any tobacco products. Educate patients about the risks of all forms of tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, for young people. Encourage patients to quit.

Know the risks. Take action. Protect our kids.

Read more in the advisory released by the US Surgeon General attached below.