(AKA, vapes, JUULs, vape pens, e-hookahs)
E-cigs, or vapes, are battery-powered devices that deliver harmful nicotine and flavoring in the form of an aerosol that a user inhales and exhales. They come in many shapes and sizes. While some vape devices are made to look like regular cigarettes, many could easily be mistaken for other everyday items, like USB flash drives and pens.
What are the known risks of e-cigs?9
Minnesota youth e-cigarette use is an epidemic. Youth vaping is of great concern because adolescents are especially vulnerable to the health impacts of tobacco use. Here’s why:
- 1. E-cigs usually contain nicotine.
Nicotine is what makes tobacco products addictive. Be aware that some e-cigarettes that claim to be nicotine-free have been found to contain nicotine.
- 2. One Juul pod contains as much addictive nicotine as 20 cigarettes
The nicotine in e-cigarettes can lead to addiction and harm brain development in children and young adults into their early 20s.10
- 3. E-cigs may be full of other harmful things.
While e-cigs typically have fewer chemicals than regular cigarettes, they may still contain heavy metals like lead, flavorings linked to lung disease, small particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, and cancer-causing chemicals.11