What are vaping devices?
Vaping devices, also known as e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. They can resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes (cig-a-likes), cigars, or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks. Other devices, such as those with fillable tanks, may look different. Regardless of their design and appearance, these devices generally operate in a similar manner and are made of similar components. More than 460 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market.1 Some common nicknames for e-cigarettes are:
- hookah pens
- vape pens
- mods (customizable, more powerful vaporizers)
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Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
What is tobacco?
Tobacco is a plant grown for its leaves, which are dried and fermented before being put in tobacco products. Tobacco contains nicotine, an ingredient that can lead to addiction, which is why so many people who use tobacco find it difficult to quit. There are also many other potentially harmful chemicals found in tobacco or created by burning it.
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Reference: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NIDA for teens provides easy to read articles created for teens. This one in particular talks about the harm that e-cigarettes can do to the lungs. Follow the link below to read the article:
For the latest information in vaping follow the link below: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html
Want to learn more about E-cigarettes? Center on Addiction has created a whole site with everything you need to know about vaping.
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Increasingly popular among middle and high school students, “vaping” became the Oxford Dictionary word of the year in 2014, yet many parents don’t know what it is. Learn what vapes are, how they are used and the potential dangers that can result from underage use.