What Parents Should Know
- Nicotine can affect brain development in children and teens, Drummond says.
- Some e-cigarettes have candy flavoring, which could make them appealing to kids.
- They don't leave a smell like tobacco. So it's harder for parents to know if their kids are vaping.
What Adults and Smokers Need to Know
- If you don't smoke, don't start vaping. There are no health benefits and some risks.
- If you smoke and are trying to quit, you're better off with an FDA-approved method of quitting, Drummond says, like the nicotine patch or gum. There's good evidence that they help. E-cigarettes may turn out to be an effective way to quit, but we don't have the proof yet.
- If you're not planning to quit, would it be healthier to switch from tobacco products to e-cigarettes? Maybe. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
While experts debate, some cities -- like Boston, Los Angeles, and New York -- have passed laws about how people can buy or use e-cigarettes in public.
Bigger, changes are likely.
The FDA has proposed new regulations that would extend the agency’s authority over many tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
A minimum age requirement is among the proposed regulations.