Electronic Cigarettes

VAPING: How it could affect your health.

A guide to hookahs and e-cigarettes

Provided by the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition

Electronic tobacco Poster May 2014

How Do E-Cigarettes Affect Your Health?

E-cigarettes are fairly new. There are important questions about their ingredients and how those ingredients may affect the health of people who use e-cigarettes and bystanders around them, both in the short term and over time.

E-cigarettes and their ingredients are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) right now. So there's no way to know for sure what is in them or how much nicotine they contain. Current research shows that:

  • Nicotine from e-cigarettes is absorbed by users and bystanders.
    • Nicotine is highly addictive.
    • Nicotine is especially a health danger to youth who use e-cigarettes. It may have long-term, negative effects on brain growth.
    • Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and their developing babies. Using an e-cigarette and even being around someone else using an e-cigarette can expose pregnant women to nicotine and other chemicals that may be toxic.
  • E-cigarette aerosol is not "water vapor." It contains nicotine and can contain other chemicals. It is not as safe as clean air.
  • The nicotine solution in e-cigarettes is not harmless “juice.” Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing the liquid through their skin or eyes.
  • Additional chemicals that are harmful or may be harmful have been found in some e-cigarettes. These substances include traces of metal, volatile organic compounds, and nitrosamines. The levels tend to be lower than in regular cigarettes, but there's no way to know what you're getting because e-cigarettes are not yet regulated.

Information taken from CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/dual-tobacco-use.html

Electronic Cigarettes