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Electronic cigarettes (better known as electronic cigarettes) have become very popular among adults and teens, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe. All tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, are dangerous and particularly harmful to children and adolescents. Talk to your child about the risks of smoking and make it clear that you want them to be tobacco-free.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine and aromas in aerosol form. Devices come in many shapes and sizes. An electronic cigarette popular with young people looks like a USB key. It is sold by a company called JUUL (pronounced “jewel”). Other companies also sell electronic cigarettes that look like USB sticks.

Electronic cigarettes produce vapors when used. This is why smoking an e-cigarette is called “vaping”.

Why are electronic cigarettes dangerous?

Nicotine.

Most electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, but some brands contain more than others. A single JUUL refill contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 traditional cigarettes. Nicotine is very addictive. Its use can interfere with brain development, which continues for about 25 years. Young people who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes. And nicotine use at a young age can increase the risk of addiction to other drugs.

Chemical products.

Electronic cigarette vapors have been found to contain carcinogenic chemicals and ingredients that can affect brain development, memory, and processing. In addition, the vapors can contain heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Some flavored liquids contain chemicals that have been linked to serious lung damage.

The call.

Liquids used in electronic cigarettes can be flavored with fruit or desserts. This makes them attractive to children, teens and young adults. Your child may think e-cigarettes are safe, but they probably don’t know how many harmful chemicals they contain

Electronic cigarette checklist

Learning more about e-cigarettes can help you tell if your child is vaping. If you see these elements or hear your child use these terms, now is the time to talk.

Names of electronic cigarettes

Names of e-cigarette liquid

  • E-juice
  • E-liquid
  • E liquid
  • Liquid Vape

Electronic cigarettes can look like everyday objects

  • Regular cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • USB flash drives
  • Pens

Help is available:

If you are a member of the UPMC Health Plan and would like help quitting vaping or smoking, you can call a health coach at 1-800-807-0751 (TTY: 711). Assistance is available at no cost. Free help is also available by visiting smokefree.gov or calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).


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