2016 Surgeon General’s Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General is the first report issued by a Federal agency that comprehensively reviews the public health issue of electronic cigarettes and their impact on our nation’s young people. It is the 33rd Report of the Surgeon General on tobacco.

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Executive Summary

This summarizes the major content of the report, including overall and chapter specific conclusions, as well as a call to action.



SGR E-cigarettes and Youth website

This website is the primary source for information about the Surgeon General’s Report and its key findings. It includes information about the risks of e-cigarette use among young people for parents, teachers, coaches, health care providers, and others who influence youth and young adults.



PSA of E-cigarettes and Youth

PSA [YouTube video]: Any Volunteers? The Risk of E-cigarettes for Youth and Young Adults Science shows that nicotine can harm teens’ developing brains. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, a common ingredient in most electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). This video from the U.S. Surgeon General advises parents to “Know the Risks,” and highlights how e-cigarettes have the potential to cause lasting harm to the health of young users, especially their brain development, which continues until age 25.


Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: This fact sheet [PDF–114 KB] has been created for public health practitioners and others. It provides an overview of the key findings and messages from the report in an at-a-glance format.


Parent Tip Sheet

Parent Tip Sheet: A tip sheet [PDF–5.20 MB] for parents to help them talk to their teens about the potential health risks of e-cigarettes.


Health Care Provider Conversation Card

Doctor conversing with young patient

Health Care Provider Conversation Card: A resource [PDF–3.28 MB] intended to help health care providers (e.g., physicians, pediatricians, nurses, etc.) talk to their young patients about the risks of e-cigarettes and share key facts from the latest Surgeon General’s Report.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: The most frequently asked questions [PDF–303 KB] about the report findings, as well as the responses.

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