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Facts & Risk Factors

Using nicotine under the age of 26 can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. Adolescent nicotine use may increase future drug addiction risks. 99% of e-cigarettes contain the addictive drug nicotine, even when labels say otherwise. Due to an outbreak of lung injuries and deaths related to vaping, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Do not use e-cigarettes that contain THC or vitamin E acetate
  • Do not get a vaping device from friends, family, or online dealers
  • Do not modify or add any substances to e-cigarettes not included by the manufacturer

How e-cigarettes work
  • E-cigarettes heat a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to produce an aerosol
  • People inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. When the person exhales, those nearby can also breathe in secondhand aerosol
  • In addition to tobacco, e-cigarette devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs. Almost 4% of 12th graders say they vape THC (the main mind-altering ingredient in marijuana) daily. Learn more about marijuana use disorder
How to recognize e-cigarettes
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid
  • Some e-cigarettes look like cigarettes, cigars, or pipes
  • Others look like USB flash drives or pens, which makes them harder to detect
  • Larger devices (called tanks and mods) are designed to create more vapor

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