What’s At Stake

e-Cigarettes & Vapes

It’s Not Just Water – E-Cigarette Vapor is poisonous and contains harmful ingredients.

Not What It Seems

E-cigs might seem like a safer way to smoke, but they’re not, containing many chemicals that can harm your body – including your brain.

Some falsely believe e-cigs contain mostly flavored water – dismissing the vapor as harmless – but the truth is that they contain many of the same harmful chemicals found in deadly cigarettes – including nicotine – which can be highly addictive for young people.

What Could It Hurt?

While vaping produces no actual smoke, the poisonous vapor can contain more than 2,000 harmful ingredients – including propylene glycol, formaldehyde, arsenic and cadmium – just to name a few.

E-cigs heat up a solution (e-juice) often containing concentrated nicotine, a highly addictive drug especially harmful to your brain development.

The heated vapor is inhaled directly into the lungs, bypassing your body’s filtration system. Some vapor particles are small enough to enter your bloodstream – inflaming and damaging your organs and tissues.

3 Key Takeaways

  • E-cigs can lead to addiction, along with long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health. Even breathing second-hand e-cigarette vapor is dangerous.
  • Some wrongly think using e-cigarettes might stop you from smoking cigarettes. Actually, teens who vape are more likely to experiment with regular tobacco products.
  • Besides nicotine, vapes may contain a highly concentrated form of marijuana known as THC oil, virtually odorless and hard to detect.