Vaping and E-Cigs

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There is a lot of conflicting information about vape devices, pods, and e-cigarettes. Because they are still relatively new, the long term effects of using them remain unknown. Here is what we do know at the moment:

1. The “vapor” from devices such as pods (i.e. JUUL or suorin) disposable pods, or other e-cigarettes is actually an aerosol that contains nicotine, heavy metals, formaldehyde and other carcinogens and harmful chemicals. These tiny particles get inhaled and lodged in the lungs. This can lead to shortness of breath, irritation of lung tissue, and other harmful symptoms.1

2. At least 60 chemical compounds have been found in e-liquids. Manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients in their e-liquids!2

3. Vapes and e-cigarettes have nicotine. In fact, one JUUL pod has as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes! Disposable “pod-mods” such as Puff Bar can contain as much nicotine as 2-3 packs of cigarettes.3-4

4. E-cigs and vapes may be less harmful than combustible cigarettes but that doesn’t mean they are safe. Because e-cigs are still so new, we don’t know the long term effects of the many chemicals in them on human health. If you have never smoked, starting vaping is not advisable.

5. There is no evidence that e-cigs are a better way to quit than more traditional methods such as patches, nicotine lozenges, or gum.5

If you would like to reduce or quit vaping, see our Tools for Quitting section for resources. 

Footnotes:

1. Goniewicz ML et al. Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapor from electronic cigarettes. Tob Control. 2013

2. Source: https://truthinitiative.org/news/e-cigarettes-facts-stats-and-regulations

3. Source: https://www.thetruth.com/the-facts/fact-402

4. Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/17/805972087/teens-are-still-vaping-flavors-thanks-to-new-disposable-vape-pens

5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Smoking Cessation. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2020.