A close up side profile of someone's face with a disposable vape below their lip and a cloud of vape smoke coming out of their mouth.
A disposable vape cloud lingers in the air. The 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that more than 2.5 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes daily. Photo by Anne Gallagher/NNS

The JUUL e-cigarette device was introduced in 2015. By 2018, JUUL made up 70% of the U.S. e-cigarette market and sparked a youth vaping epidemic. Government restrictions took most JUUL products off of shelves, but disposable vapes took the JUUL device’s place as the most popular form of e-cigarette among youth. 

Julian Mendoza of Lincoln, a daily nicotine consumer for over seven years, Dom Dunn, a Lincoln vape store manager and Sadie Jensen, a Lancaster County-Lincoln tobacco prevention educator, share their thoughts on the evolution of the vaping epidemic.