What is Vaping?

Vaping is inhaling and exhaling aerosol which is produced by using an e-cigarette or similar device.
E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”

What is an E-cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes are battery operated devices that people use to simulate smoking. E-cigarettes come in various shapes and sizes and are customizable. An e-cigarette contains four major components: the battery, the atomizer, the tank (also known as a cartridge/pod) and the mouthpiece.
Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

What is in an E-cigarette?

Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:

  • ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
  • volatile organic compounds
  • heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead

Is nicotine harmful?

Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain. The brain keeps developing until about age 25.
Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells.
Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed. Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.

Other Health Risks

Vaping nicotine has been associated with the following:
  • Seizures
  • Lung disease
  • Attention deficit
  • Weight loss

Are E-cigarettes Safer than Conventional Cigarettes?

The are no long-term studies to back up claims that the vapor from e-cigarettes is less harmful than conventional smoke. Studies show that youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes in the future than youth who do not use e-cigarettes. There are no long-term studies to back up claims that the vapor from e-cigarettes is less harmful than conventional smoke.

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