What are e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, hookah pens, or JUULs, are battery-powered devices that heat e-juice containing nicotine. Inhaled like regular cigarettes, they produce an aerosol cloud of nicotine or other substances. However, they are not proven to be a safer alternative to cigarettes.

Is there a difference between e-cigarettes and JUULing?

  • No. JUULs may look different, but they’re actually a type of e-cigarette.
  • Every JUUL pod contains highly addictive nicotine. JUUL does not make any nicotine-free pods. Some JUUL pods claim to have roughly as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.
  • The aerosol cloud produced by a JUUL might not look as thick as other e-cigarettes or regular cigarette smoke, but it still contains many of the same chemicals and has the same health risks.

Aren’t e-cigarettes less harmful than tobacco? Isn’t it just water vapor?

  • The aerosol produced by it isn’t water vapor and it isn’t harmless.
  • The aerosol inhaled from these products is often a mixture of harmful chemicals like nicotine, formaldehyde, and acrolein.
  • Virtually all e-cigarettes contain nicotine—even the ones labeled “nicotine free.” E-cigarettes and e-juice lack rules. There is no way to know precisely what is in an e-cigarette.
  • “E-juice” and JUUL pods flavored like fruit or other treats carry the same health risks as the unflavored products. Flavorings are generally unsafe for inhalation.
a person using e-cigarettes

What’s the deal with flavored e-cigarettes?

  • For years, Big Tobacco has used flavoring to lure young smokers into a life of addiction.
  • Two-thirds of teens who vape are using fruit-flavored e-cigarettes, and 64 percent report using mint or menthol e-cigarette flavors.
  • Teens who start vaping with sweet flavors, like cotton candy or mango, are more likely to develop a lifetime addiction.
  • The American Lung Association strongly supports clearing all flavored products from the market, including menthol.

What are the health risks of e-cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes contain chemicals that can cause irreversible lung damage and alter teen brains.
  • E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, known to cause cancer, and acrolein, used as a weed killer and can cause irreversible lung damage.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive and exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain.
  • Youth who use it are more likely to go on to use traditional cigarettes.
  • In the short term, e-cigarette aerosol can irritate your lungs, throat, and eyes. It can also make it more likely that you’ll catch a cold or get the flu.

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Is it legal for people to sell e-cigarettes to youth or for youth to buy or use them?

  1. In the majority of states, the minimum age of sale is 18; in three states the minimum age is 19, and in six states and DC the minimum age is 21.
  2. Retailers face legal restrictions in some states, prohibiting youth e-cigarette sales and possession.
  3. Schools adopt it as a tobacco-free policy, with consequences similar to traditional cigarettes on school grounds.

Can e-cigarettes help someone quit?

No e-cigarette has been found to be safe and effective in helping people quit smoking.

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