Facts about Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Facts About Vaporizers and E-Cigarettes

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes by teens and young adults. In 2015, more than 3 million youth in middle and high school, including about 1 of every 6 high school students, used e-cigarettes in the past month. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine derived from tobacco. This means that teens and young adults are using the drug nicotine more often, along with other chemicals and drugs that can be put into the vaporizers.  

What are e-cigarettes/vaporizers?

  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.

  • 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 regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not look like other tobacco products.

  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”

  • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”

What is JUUL?

  • JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a bat