The American Lung Association defines “smoking” as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighter or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic in any form. This includes the use of any electronic smoking device that creates and aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world. Exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease, low birth weight and lung problems in infants, and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
E-cigarette usage has risen sharply among teenagers. According to a recent New York Times article, the rise of e-cigarettes and increase in the use of hookah pipes has led to 400,000 additional young people using tobacco product in 2014. E-cigarettes, according to experts at the CDC, are becoming another method to introduce nicotine, an addictive substance, to a broad population of teenagers. For more information on e-cigarettes and e-hookahs, visit this page.