The Vaping Controversy

by Laurie Collier Hillstrom


A survey conducted by the University of Michigan found that nearly one out of three American high school seniors used a vaping device in 2017.

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September 2019


Pages 151
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Health and Medicine
  Health & Wellness/Addiction and Substance Abuse

This work provides an evenhanded and authoritative overview of vaping and its impact on American culture and public health, especially among younger Americans.

The 21st Century Turning Points series is a one-stop resource for understanding the people and events changing America today. This volume is devoted to the rapid rise of vaping across the nation, especially among young people. This trend has prompted fierce debate in communities across the country, with some people heralding "e-cigarettes" and other vaping devices as valuable smoking cessation tools and others condemning them for being unhealthy in their own right—and a gateway to future cigarette consumption.

The Vaping Controversy describes the key events and people that provided the foundation for the rise of e-cigarettes and vaping, from governmental and medical efforts to reduce traditional cigarette smoking to the emergence and rapid spread of an entire industry devoted to selling vaping devices and accessories. This volume also explores how vaping has influenced youth culture and high school life, its impact on "old school" tobacco companies, and the increasingly visible partisan divide in attitudes about the public health impact of vaping.


  • Devotes individual entries to specific events and milestones
  • Profiles important activists and other notable figures
  • Explores the lasting impact of the event on American life in essays
  • Includes a bibliography of sources for further study
Series Description

21st-Century Turning Points

21st-Century Turning Points is a general reference series that gives readers a clear, authoritative, and unbiased understanding of major fast-breaking events, movements, people, and issues that are transforming American life, culture, and politics in this turbulent new century. Each volume constitutes a one-stop resource for learning about a single issue or event currently dominating America's news headlines and political discussions—issues or events that, in many cases, are also driving national debate about our country's leaders, institutions, values, and priorities.
Author Info

Laurie Collier Hillstrom is an independent scholar based in Brighton, Michigan. She is author or editor of more than 40 books in the areas of American history, biography, and current events, including Environmental Pollution and Health, School Shootings and the Never Again Movement, and the three-volume Television in American Society.

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