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Are Vapes Safe?

Electronic cigarettes are also called e-cigarettes, e-cigs, JUULs (joo-uh lz), or vape pens. They may look like cigarettes, but they also can look like pens or USB memory sticks. Users inhale an aerosol of liquid nicotine that comes in many flavors. These flavorings may be toxic when inhaled.

E-cigarettes are not safe for kids and teens

Using nicotine before age 25 can damage the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control. JUUL, a brand popular with teens, has pods with as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have not been proven as a safe alternative to smoking.

The aerosol produced by e-cigarettes has the same harmful toxins found in glue and paint. Even if the liquid is labeled as nicotine-free it is not just water vapor. They also can cause issues similar to cigarette smoking such as coughing, chest pain and a raised heart rate.

E-cigarettes are not proven to be a safe and effective way to help smokers quit.

The best way to quit smoking is with a program that includes a combination of medications, nicotine replacement like patches or gum, and counseling.