The popularity of e-cigarettes among youth is alarming. In 2017, more than three times as many high school students used e-cigarettes than smoked cigarettes. E-cigarettes can be especially harmful for young people because nicotine affects them in different ways than adults. Also, more than 100,000 New York City children ages 12 and younger are exposed to secondhand smoke from tobacco and e-cigarette products.
As a health care provider, you can inspire youth to resist tobacco, e-cigarettes and alternative products through education and counseling.