Vaping and E-Cigarettes

In Massachusetts, 41.1% of high school students have tried electronic vapor products, and 20.1% currently use these products (2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey). Nearly 10% of middle school students have tried electronic vapor products (2017 Youth Health Survey).

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol (often called vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery-powered device.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizers that simulate the action and sensation of smoking. They are also known as e-cigs, vape pens, e-hookahs, e-pipes, tanks, mods, vapes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS, and more. Some people refer to vaping devices by their brand name such as JUUL, BO, Blu, and others.

E-cigarettes come in many different sizes, types and colors. Some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some resemble pens, small electronic devices such as USB sticks, and other everyday items.

Get More Facts about Vaping and E-cigarettes.

Did You Know? Harrington Self-Wellness offers support, education and services to adolescents age 13-26. Confidential meetings, community outreach and more. Visit their website or call 508-764-2441 for more information.

Read: Is my child vaping? 9 signs to watch

How to talk to your kids about Vaping
Vaping Fact Sheet (English)
Vaping Fact Sheet (Spanish)

For Help Quitting:

  • This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709 to get started! In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • My Life, My Quit™ has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Call or text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. For more information or to sign up online, visit
  • Visit for tools and tips to help you quit.
  • Ask for help from your school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult.
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