913 VAPEFREE knows that people think it is important to make decisions based on facts and science. Since vape devices and products were introduced to the United States market in 2006-2007, research began to study the effects of these products on their users. That research is still in its infancy and involves many aspects, and it takes years to look at long term effects.
What we do know, is that the use of electronic cigarettes (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS) such as JUUL, has reached epidemic levels in our youth locally and across the country. The facts around e-cigarettes, products, their use and impact are included here on this site.
E-cigarettes & Vaping, the Facts
- E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.
- The liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains nicotine and flavorings. This liquid is sometimes called “e-juice,” “e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”
- Users inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales it into the air.
What are the Different Vape Products?
Popular terms for vaping devices include JUULs, e-cigarettes, e-cigs, smokeless cigarettes, vaporizers, vape, vape pens, vapor pens, mods, tanks, cigalikes, e-hookah and hookah pens. These vary widely in size, shape and design. Some look like computer flash drives or highlighters, while others are bulky and box-like.
What's the risk?
E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.
Like to breathe?
CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).
Not harmless water vapor
Some call e-cigs healthier. Sure, if inhaling toxic chemicals sounds healthy to you. Read on to learn about the health risks of e-cigs, and find out why “harmless water vapor” is the most inaccurate description ever.