With the rise in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette, e-cigs or vapes) and vaping use among youth, teens and young adults, the Health Department and our team are working to prevent initiation and reduce vaping of all substances in Vermont. As of 2021, 16% of Vermont high school students said they used e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. Of those students, 30% did so daily. Students who smoke cigarettes, tried flavored tobacco before age 13, binge drink or use cannabis vape at the highest rates. Disparities exist among sub-population groups. 

Health disparities graph of vaping among Vermont populations.


Vapes contain harmful metals, such as arsenic and lead. As e-cigarettes deliver flavorings, additives, and, typically, nicotine through an inhaled aerosol, they are harmful to both the user and those who are exposed secondhand. We follow the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation urging those who influence youth, young adults and people who are pregnant to discourage nicotine use in any form, including e-cigarettes. 

Why e-Cigarette and Vaping Use is Harmful

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is extremely addictive and can lead to smoking in the future.
  • E-cigarettes deliver numerous substances into the body that are potentially harmful, including chemicals and other compounds.
  • Even when nicotine is not present, ingredients in e-cigarettes, particularly flavoring agents, independently carry risks associated with heart and lung diseases in animals.
  • Nicotine is harmful to the developing adolescent brain.
  • Smoking or vaping can reduce the body’s ability to defend itself against respiratory illnesses.
  • Smoking and vaping is never safe for youth or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 
  • Vaping nicotine and cannabis can cause long-term harm to young people that leads to physical changes in the brain that can permanently alter attention span, impulse control and ability to learn.  

What is Being Done to Reduce Vaping in Vermont?

We work with community partners to raise awareness of the harms of e-cigarettes and vaping and flavored tobacco products that attract youth, through the Unhyped and CounterBalance campaigns. We also review and share e-cigarette use data and trends and tailor our education efforts accordingly.

My Life, My Quit: A Youth and Teen Quit Resource

Advise youth to never start using e-cigarettes. For those who currently use, My Life My Quit offers resources tailored to support youth ages 12-17 on their journey to quitting. Youth and teens can text Start My Quit to 36072 or visit the website for free, confidential quit help.

Resources for Youth Influencers

Parents, school professionals and other youth influencers can play an important role in educating and influencing youth about the risks of vaping. In addition to being a good role model and not vaping yourself, here are some resources that may help:



  • ParentUp: This Health Department-sponsored website guides parents and guardians with tips on talking to youth and teens about hard topics, such as vaping and substance misuse.  
  • My Life My Quit - Parents: A site that offers resources to help parents and caregivers support youth and teens ages 12-17 on their journey to quitting.

School Professionals

Health Care Professionals

  • My Life My Quit - Providers: Offers resources to help heath care professionals support youth and teens ages 12-17 on their journey to quitting.

Using E-Cigarettes to Quit Tobacco

E-cigarettes are NOT an FDA-approved smoking cessation device. Adults who use tobacco and are trying to quit should use proven quit tools, like group or phone counseling, paired with medications or nicotine replacement therapy patches, gum or lozenges. Talk to your health care provider or visit

Tobacco Control Program
Vermont Department of Health - Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT  05671-8380

[email protected]

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