E-cigarettes or vapes come in all shapes and sizes.[1]









  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes.  Some look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.  Larger e-cigarettes such as tank systems – or “mods” – do not look like other tobacco products.

  • Some e-cigarettes look like other items commonly used by youth, such as pens and other everyday items.  New  e-cigarettes shaped like USB flash drives are popular among youth, including JUUL and the PAX Era, which looks like JUUL and delivers marijuana.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce an inhaled aerosol. [2]

  • There is no way for users to know what types or concentrations of chemicals or how much nicotine they are inhaling. 

  • E-cigarettes are defined as tobacco products by the FDA and Minnesota law.

  • Studies show e-cigs contain nicotine, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and other cancer causing agents. 

  • No amount of nicotine is safe for youth. It is harmful to brain development. 

  • E-cigs’ long-term impact on the health of users and bystanders is unknown.

  • Studies found that e-cigarettes pollute indoor air, and that exposure to aerosol can make people want to smoke cigarettes. 


E-Cigarettes in Minnesota: [2]

  • The most recently released 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey shows that for the first time in 17 years, youth tobacco use is on the rise.  Statewide rates are 31% higher than the national rate.  Over 26 percent of high school students reported using tobacco products in the past 30 days, a 50% increase from 2014. 

  • Exposure to ads is related to student e-cigarette use. 

  • 88% of Minnesota students are exposed to ads promoting e-cigarettes.

  • Almost 40% of high school students have tried e-cigarettes, which come in kid-friendly flavors like gummy bear and cotton candy.

How does Minnesota law treat e-cigarettes? [2]

  • E-cigarettes containing nicotine are taxed as tobacco products and it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors.

  • Retailers must keep them behind the counter or in a locked case and obtain a tobacco license.

  • Child-resistant packaging is required on all e-cigarette liquids, and kiosk sales are prohibited.

  • As of August 1, 2019, e-cigarettes are prohibited from indoor areas where cigarette smoking is already banned throughout the state of Minnesota. 


E-cigarettes are not proven to be better for quitting than existing programs. [2]

  • We need to better understand how e-cigarettes influence starting and quitting smoking.

  • Studies suggest some e-cigarettes may help people trying to quit.

Talk With Your Teen About E-Cigarettes and other vaping devices.


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