Electronic Cigarettes, which may also be called vapes, mods,
tanks, or e-hookahs are nicotine delivery devices that some in many different
sizes, styles, colors, and flavors.
Regardless of the flavor or the way the device looks they
all work in very similar ways:
- A battery inside the device activates a heating element (atomization chamber).
- A small amount of nicotine is heated into a vapor/aerosol.
- That solution of nicotine, other chemicals, flavors, and coloring is inhaled then exhaled by the user.
Five Things You Need to Know About Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices:
- Electronic cigarettes and vapes are NOT a “harmless water vapor”. Toxins studied so far include propylene glycol (chemical commonly found in antifreeze), formaldehyde and acetone.
- Electronic cigarettes and the bottles of flavorings are NOT regulated by the FDA – meaning someone who chooses to use such devices does not know what they are putting into their bodies. These devices are NOT approved by the FDA as a cessation tool to help individual quit smoking.
- Some bottles are labeled as nicotine free or 0mg of nicotine and studies have still found nicotine in these bottles. Nicotine is addictive.
- Big name tobacco companies, like Camel and Newport are the ones making big name electronic cigarettes such as Vuse and Blu.
- Electronic cigarettes are quite new, long term research studies have not been conducted yet.