E-Cigarettes and Other Vaping Products

Brief information about e-cigarettes

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What are e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are battery-powered noncombustible (not flammable) tobacco products that simulate the action and sensation of smoking. People use e-cigarettes to vape. Their use is often referred to as vaping because they do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol (often mistaken for water vapor).

They are also known as e-cigs, vape pens, e-hookahs, e-pipes, tanks, mods, vapes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS, and more. Some youth refer to vaping devices by their brand name such as Puff Bar, fruyt STIK, JUUL, BO, myblu, Smok, Suorin, and others.

Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine.1 Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain.2,3 Because the brain is still developing until about age 25, youth and young adult exposure to nicotine can lead to addiction and disrupt attention and learning.2

E-cigarettes and nicotine

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1. Marynak, K.L., et al., Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States, 2015. Am J Public Health, 2017. 107(5): p. 702-705.

2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. 2016, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health: Atlanta, GA.

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