Teens are fastest growing segment, with an 800% increase in adoption between 2011 and 2014. There are now 2.6M middle and high school aged children using e-cigarettes in the US.
What is causing this growth?
Many experts have pinned it down to increased ad spending by e-cigarette companies. In 2014, 7 in 10 were exposed to some type of advertisement. The most common areas of exposure are retail stores, internet sites, and TV commercials.
E-cigarettes are also shrouded in misconceptions that further encourage adoption. For example, many people are led to believe "e-cigarettes don't have nicotine". When, in fact, almost all e-cigarettes contain an addictive liquid nicotine substance.
There are also health side effects that go uncovered, including:
- Lung damage and irritation
- Problems like bronchitis and asthma
- Weakened immune system
What can parents do to protect their teens from the harmful effects of e-cigarette exposure?
The team at [Rawhide Boys Ranch] have put together the infographic below to answer this question and explore the topic in greater detail.
Infographic by: www.rawhide.org