What Are The Dangers Of Vaping & E-Cigarettes?

  • IMAGE: Human brain. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

     

    • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
    • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
    • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain, which continues to develop until past the age of 25.
    • Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.
    • Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.
    • All the available research indicates that the use of electronic cigarettes can pose serious health risks, including: throat, lung and eye irritation; a chronic lung infection; high blood pressure; heart problems.
    • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.
    • Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.
    • Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase the risk for future addiction to other drugs.
    • Many young people who use e-cigarettes also smoke cigarettes. There is some evidence that young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

     

    Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults