On December 8, 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report raising public health concerns about e-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults and including a call to action. The report concludes that nicotine use among youth and young adults, including in e-cigarettes, is unsafe and impacts brain development, and that secondhand e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless.
The report highlights that e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. This holds true in Wisconsin, where e-cigarette use among high school students rose from 8.1% in 2015 to 13.3% in 2016, according to the 2016 Youth Tobacco Survey. More information, including the full report, is available on a new interactive website: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.