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El Paso, Texas 79902

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Overview on Vaping

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid. E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine (the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products) flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. They are known by many different names, such as “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”

            Some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not resemble other tobacco products. Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping.” E-cigarettes can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

The Monitoring the Future Survey reported that from 2018 to 2019 there had been a steady increase of electronic cigarette usage from grades 8, 10, and 12.

  • 6% of the students reported yes to using vapor products in the past month for 2020.
  • Because of COVID-19 and virtual school, the results for 2020 decreased and it could be due to students not being able to fill out the survey in person.
  • Any vaping
    • 2018 -> 8th grade: 10.4%; 10th grade: 21.7%; 12th Grade: 26.7%
    • 2019 -> 8th grade: 12.2%; 10th grade: 25%; 12th grade: 30.9%
    • 2020 -> 8th grade: 12.5%; 10th grade: 23.5%; 12th grade: 28.2%
  • Vaping Nicotine
    • 2018 -> 8th grade: 6.1%; 10th grade: 16.1%; 12th grade: 20.9%
    • 2019 -> 8th grade: 9.6%; 10th grade: 19.9%; 12th grade: 25.5%
    • 2020 -> 8th grade: 10.5%; 10th grade: 19.3%; 12th grade: 24.7%
  • Vaping Marijuana
    • 2018 -> 8th grade: 2.6%; 10th grade: 7%; 12th grade: 7.5%
    • 2019 -> 8th grade: 3.9%; 10th grade: 12.6%; 12th grade: 14%
    • 2020 -> 8th grade: 4.2%; 10th grade: 11.3%; 12th grade: 12.2%