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.
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.
- 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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- 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.
- Retailers face legal restrictions in some states, prohibiting youth e-cigarette sales and possession.
- Schools adopt it as a tobacco-free policy, with consequences similar to traditional cigarettes on school grounds.
No e-cigarette has been found to be safe and effective in helping people quit smoking.
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