Vaping: It's Not Harmless

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E-cigarettes, or devices that allow users to breathe in liquid containing nicotine, continue to rise in popularity. Current and former smokers of tobacco often use e-cigarettes as an attempt to quit smoking altogether. Flavors such as coffee, mint, and cherry may tempt younger people to try these products.

Along with nicotine, the liquid in e-cigarettes also contains other chemicals and flavorings. When the e-cigarette is puffed, the atomizer heats up, turning the liquid in the tank or cartridge into a vapor (aerosol). You then breathe in this vapor.

“Little research has been done on e-cigarettes. Experts don't know how much nicotine or other harmful chemicals users are inhaling,” said pulmonologist, Albert Naveed, MD. “E-cigarettes do contain some level of nicotine which is a very addictive substance and can harm parts of the brain that control mood and learning, making it a serious concern for younger users.”

At high doses, nicotine can cause dizziness and vomiting, and nicotine poisoning is possible. Users who refill their own cartridges are at a greater risk for unsafe levels of the drug. Vaping is not a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes and the chemicals in vape juice are linked to cancer, asthma, wheezing and shortness of breath.

What You Need to Know


lung injury cases in the United States have been associated with vaping as of November 2019.

10 million

youth in the United States used, or were open to using, e-cigarettes in 2018.

39 deaths

were associated with vaping as of November 2019.

Eighth graders

who vape are 10 times more likely to eventually smoke cigarettes than their non-vaping peers.


of young people think e-cigarettes are mostly flavor; the truth is that more than 98% of products tested contain nicotine.

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