A health advisory has been issued by the State Health Officer to inform the public about the alarming statistics on current e-cigarette use among youth in Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, current e-cigarette use among Wisconsin high school students increased 154% between 2014 and 2018. In 2014, just under 8% of Wisconsin high school students were using e-cigarettes. In 2018, that number has skyrocketed to 20% (or one out of every five students).

The e-cigarette aerosol that users inhale and exhale can expose both the user and those around the user to harmful substances, including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.

E-cigarettes and vaping devices take many forms. Some resemble flash drives, while others are about the size of a credit card or resemble pens, lip gloss or other everyday items. E-juice, used to fill these devices, comes in bottles that resemble eye drops or essential oils and come in flavors that are popular with teens like mango, fruit and mint.  E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver other drugs, like marijuana.  In 2016, a third of U.S. middle and high school students who had ever used e-cigarettes reported using them for marijuana.

VAPING AND COVID-19

There have been several studies linking vaping with increased risks from COVID-19:

“Is There Actually a Link Between Vaping and Coronavirus?” TIME, By Jamie Ducharme, March 23, 2020

“E-cig users urged to stop vaping amid coronavirus pandemic” The Washington Times, Shen Wu Tan, March 23, 2020

“How smoking, vaping and drug use might increase risks from Covid-19” CNN.com, By Gina Yu, March 20, 2020

“Coronavirus poses extra risks for smokers and vapers. Will that make them quit?” The Philadelphia Inquirer, By Stacey Burling, March 20, 2020

“Smoking, Vaping, and Substance Abuse Issues Might Make People More Susceptible to Coronavirus Risks” Complex.com, By Tara C. Mahadevan, March 20, 2020 

“Coronavirus:  Does Smoking or vaping put you at higher risk?” The Independent, By Chelsea Ritschel, March 15, 2020