A 2016 report from the US Surgeon General found that e-cigarette use grew 900% between 2011 and 2015 and that 40% of high school students had tried e-cigarettes at least once.

Sixteen percent had used e-cigarette products in the prior 30 days.
It’s no wonder these battery-operated devices that mimic some of the appeal of smoking without the tobacco are turning up in high school bathrooms all over the country; they come in fun colors, they offer appealing candy flavors and they’re portrayed as trendy in a variety of media.

Although these e-cigarette devices – which vaporize a liquid that contains water, propylene glycol (a synthetic substance used in theatrical fog and other common products, including antifreeze), glycerin (a non-toxic clear liquid used in soaps and other products), flavorings and the addictive substance nicotine – have been promoted as being safer than traditional cigarettes, recent news of a severe injury sustained by a teenager who’d recently taken up vaping is causing some people to reassess the safety of vaping.