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The Problems With Vaping

It's not just harmless water vapor

By Staff | January 28, 2020 | Healthwise

What Is Vaping?

Vaping is using a battery-powered device to inhale liquid nicotine or other substances. The devices can look like everyday items such as pens, cigarettes, or USB flash drives.

Instead of tobacco, they use a blend of liquid nicotine, flavors, and other chemicals. This is called vaping liquid. It comes in different nicotine strengths. THC (a chemical in marijuana) products can also be used.

Vapes are also called:

  • E-cigarettes
  • Vape pens
  • Juuls
The Safety Problems With Vaping

It's not just harmless water vapor.

The "vapor" produced by vaping isn't actually a vapor at all. It's an aerosol cloud made of chemicals suspended in gas. This vape aerosol has chemicals known to be harmful. Experts don't know how heating and breathing these may affect health.

It may have nicotine.

Even flavored vaping liquid may have nicotine. Nicotine is addictive. It's harmful to developing brains in unborn babies, children, and young adults up to age 25.

Liquid nicotine can be deadly if swallowed.

Keep e-cigarettes and their parts out of children's reach.

It may cause a deadly lung disease.

There have been outbreaks of lung disease and death related to vaping. Many of these may be from vaping products with THC. But the exact cause isn't known.

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