Electronic Smoking Devices
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Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, electronic smoking devices and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). ENDS devices are baterry-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemiclas. Some of these chemicals include, but are not limited to: “e-liquid” that may contain nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and other ingredients.They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user.
ENDS products may also be manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some of these devices even resemble pens or USB flash drives, leaving it difficult for some to distiguish the difference between them. Larger devcies, such as tank systems or mods, do not look similar to cigarettes.
Electronic smoking devices are NOT risk free and are often used in addition to regular cigarettes. Electronic smoking devices are NOT a proven cessation device.
Electronic Smoking Devices, The Facts:
- Electronic Smoking Devices and other vaping devices are NOT risk-free.
- Electronic Smoking Devices are frequently used in addition to smoked cigarettes.
- About one-quarter of U.S. youth and young adults have ever tried electronic smoking devices.
Electronic Smoking Devcies, The Concerns:
- There is concern that electronic smoking devices may appeal to youth because of their high-tech design, easy access online and at mall kiosks and the wide array of cartridge flavors.
- Electronic Smoking Devices are sold in an assortment of sweet, kid-friendly flavors including gummy bear, cotton candy, and cherry crush.
- Electronic Smoking Devices do not just emit "harmless water vapor". Secondhand eletronic smoking device aerosol (called vapor by the industry) contains nicotine, ultrafine particles and low levels of toxins that are known to cause cancer.
- There are metals in electronic smoking device aerosol, including chromium, nickel, and tin nanoparticles.
- Not one of these products has been approved by the FDA as a cessation device.
There are no regulations on the manufacture or sale of the 450+ brands of Electronic Smoking Devices. Contents vary widely and don’t always match the ingredients or amounts listed on labels.
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