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Get the facts about vaping

Here are some of the most important things to know:

Vaping is addictive.

  • Vapes contain nicotine, an addictive chemical that is extremely hard to quit.
  • Nicotine is the same drug used in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
  • Some vape pods have as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes (a pack of cigarettes).
  • Because your brain is still developing until your mid-20s, you’re more likely to become addicted to nicotine.

Vaping can harm your body.

  • It’s not water vapor—aerosol from vaping has cancer-causing chemicals.
  • Vaping has been linked to EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping associated lung injury).
  • Vapes can also contain harmful (and possibly harmful) ingredients such as:
    • Very fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
    • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease.
    • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
    • Volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust.

Vaping can harm your brain and your mental health.

  • Nicotine can harm the parts of your brain that control attention and learning.
  • Nicotine can change your mood and increase your risk for mood disorders.
  • Life can be stressful. See tips for getting through hard times instead of using vaping to cope. 

Vaping and COVID-19

  • Researchers are still learning about the link between e-cigarette use and COVID-19, but other related harms have been established:
    • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has several known health effects, including causing inflammation in lung tissue.
    • E-cigarettes contain acrolein, a pesticide. Acrolein can cause acute lung injury and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and may cause asthma and lung cancer – all four are potential risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Vaping can weaken your immune system.

 

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