Vaping: What You Need to Know
What Is Vaping?
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. That's why using e-cigarettes is called "vaping."
What Are the Health Effects of Vaping?
Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can affect brain development.
Because vaping is new, we don't yet know how it affects the body over time. We do know that the nicotine in e-cigarettes:
- is very addictive
- can slow brain development in teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood
- can increase the risk of other types of addiction later in life
- irritate and damage the lungs
- can lead to smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use.................