E-cigarettes and youth: an unresolved Public Health concern

Ital J Pediatr. 2022 Jun 14;48(1):97. doi: 10.1186/s13052-022-01286-7.


The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) and vaping devices started as a potential aid for cessation and reducing the harmful consequences of cigarette smoking, mainly in the adult population. Today e-cigarette use is highly increasing in vulnerable populations, especially young and pregnant women, due to the misconception of its harmless use.Despite the growing acknowledgment in e-cigarette as a potential harmful device, and due to mixed information found concerning its beneficial aid for smokers, along with an insufficient clinical study done in human models, it is important to further evaluate the possible benefits and risks of non-combusting, vaping nicotine or non-nicotine delivery devices.In this review we tried to summarize the latest updated information found in the literature, concentrating mainly in the variety of adverse effects of e-cigarette use and its contribution for recent and future health concerns.

Keywords: Adverse effects; Children; Electronic cigarette; Pediatric; Public Health; Vaping.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Public Health
  • Vaping* / adverse effects