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


2,051+

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.

60%

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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