A graphic of various vaping devices
Device examples: SMOK, FLUM, Elf Bar / Puff Delta, Puff Bar, STIIZY, Suorin, Mi-Pod, Vuse, JUUL, generic pen.

Teen Vaping

Pocket-size vape devices are popular among teens, who may not realize that attractive flavored pods contain nicotine or high-potency THC (cannabis or marijuana). Vape devices heat quickly to dispense high-potency THC products, nicotine, flavored liquids, and other drugs.

Vaping produces a mist that is mistaken for water vapor, but is a chemical aerosol that enters and harms lungs.

Vaping in Our Schools

Close to 1 in 5 students who have never vaped were offered vapes in the last 30 days.

7th graders7% say they have vaped
9th graders1 in 5
11th gradersnearly 1 in 3
Sources: Ventura County California Healthy Kids Survey, 2019-20; CA Student Tobacco Survey (2019-20)
A young teen blowing out smoke

Community Conversation with Alma & Erika: A New Podcast Series

Episode 2: Vaping – A Quick Guide for Parents

Alma and Erika discuss the risks and harms of vaping, especially for children and teens. Topics include: staying in the know; the risks of vaping marijuana; healthy habits, how to get help, and other coping skills; and how to nurture an open conversation with your children.

Health Alert

Health officials have reported a steep rise in hospitalized and fatal cases of a serious vaping-related lung disease called EVALI. Although EVALI cases have decreased, the risk of acute lung illness and injury from vapes and e-cigs remains high.

Experts now recommend no exposure to any vaping products by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant.

“It is urgent that teens understand the possible effects of vaping on overall health; the development of the teen brain; and the potential for addiction.”

Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse