E-Cigarettes and Vaping

E-cigarettes have become very popular. These devices (also called e-cigs, vape pens, e-hookah, e-cigars, mechanical mods, and pod systems) are not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.

Health Harms

  • The solution and vapor from e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, some of which cause cancer.
  • The nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive and can harm brain development.
  • E-cigarettes are not recommended as a way to quit smoking.
  • In some cases, e-cigarettes have exploded, causing burns or fires.
  • Exposure to secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful to growing lungs.
  • Long-term health effects on users and bystanders are still unknown.
  • E-cigarettes can be used to smoke or “vape” marijuana, herbs, waxes, and oils.

Dangers to Youth

  • E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among teens: in 2018, over 20% of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.
  • Youth are uniquely vulnerable to the nicotine in e-cigarettes because their brains are still developing.
  • Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future.
  • Children are exposed to e-cigarette advertising in the media, online, and in magazines and billboards.
  • E-cigarettes appeal to children because they come in fun flavors like fruit, bubble gum and candy.
  • Although it is illegal for e-cigarettes to be sold to youth under age 18, they can be ordered online.

Risk of Poisoning

  • E-cigarette solutions can poison children and adults through swallowing or skin contact.
  • A young child can be killed by very small amounts of nicotine: less than half a teaspoon. Because of this, liquid nicotine is required to be sold in childproof packaging.
  • Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include sweating, dizziness, vomiting, and increased heart rate.
  • Calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in the last five years.