E-cigarettes explained on February 13

Parents/guardians gathered on Tuesday for a compelling presentation on e-cigarettes, vaping, and juling by experts Alison Malkin, prevention/intervention social worker for Newton North, and Teresa Kett, public health program specialist for the City of Newton's Health & Human Services Department. Thank you to Alison and Teresa for your time and preparation!

Key points

  • E-cigarettes come in many forms and are known by different names, including e-cigs, vapes, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). JUUL is an e-cigarette company. ENDS are battery- operated devices designed to deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals in the form of an aerosol that users inhale.
  • Teens sometimes believe that ENDS contain only flavored water.
  • The ENDS vapor often has a fruity odor. Users sometimes exhale the vapor into their shirt collar or sleeve.
  • E-cigarette aerosol is dangerous, not harmless. It can contain harmful ingredients in addition to nicotine. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.
  • E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. They can lead to cigarette smoking.


Alison Malkin: alison_malkin@newton.k12.ma.us

Teresa Kett: tkett@newtonma.gov

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2016/2017 (three-page summary): http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/83015

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2016/2017: http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/83016

Department of Health & Human Services USA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevenion: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

City of Newton Health & Human Services Department: www.newtonma.gov/ecigs