E-Cigarettes are devices that can be used to simulate smoking and that produce an aerosol of nicotine or other substances. E-Cigarettes are also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens, vape pens, vaporizers, e-cigars, and e-pipes.
4 Reasons to be Concerned About E-Cigarettes
They produce more than just water vapor
- Secondhand aerosol can contain nicotine, ultrafine particles, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
- Communities have come to expect clean indoor air; e-cigarette use threatens this standard and makes enforcement confusing.
They aren’t regulated and haven’t been proven safe
- Studies have found some e-cigs contain high levels of formaldehyde and diacetyl, chemicals harmful to the human body.
- There are no regulations on the manufacture or sale to protect consumers or bystanders.
- Contents vary widely and don’t always match the ingredients or amounts listed on labels. In fact, there is no requirement to list ingredients.
They aren’t approved to help smokers quit
- No e-cig has been approved by the FDA as a cessation device.
- E-Cig users often continue to smoke regular cigarettes as well as use e-cigarettes.
They appeal to youth
- The aggressive marketing and candy flavoring like milk shake or grape flavors target youth tastes.
- In Wisconsin, 13% of high school students currently use e-cigs.
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