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State Health Officer Issues E-Cigarette Health Advisory

The e-cigarette aerosol users inhale and exhale can expose both the user and those around the user to other harmful substances, including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.

E-cigarettes now take many forms. Some e-cigarettes resemble flash drives, while others are about the size of a credit card. E-juice bottles resemble eye droppers and vape pens come in a variety of colors and resemble pens or lip gloss. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver other drugs, like marijuana.[In 2016, a third of U.S. middle and high school students who had ever used e-cigarettes reported using them for marijuana.

The Wisconsin State Health Official has issued a health advisory to inform the public about this alarming trend among youth.