The FDA has declared that teen vaping is an epidemic and needs to be stopped.

Laura Oliven with the state Department of Health said one in five youth admits to using electronic cigarettes. “We conducted a survey in 2017 and we saw tobacco use spike to 26-percent. It was our first increase in 17 years. And it’s largely because of youth electronic cigarette use,” she explained.

Because their brains are still developing Oliven said kids and teens can become addicted to nicotine more easily than adults.

Oliven added that often times parents don’t even know their child is vaping. She says many of the products look high tech and, “One of them, for example, is JUUL and it looks exactly like a flash drive so it’s easily hidden. It emits almost no odor and the aerosol dissipates quickly.”

She also said teens exposed to nicotine are more likely to use other harmful substances, such as illicit drugs and cigarettes.