Drug Facts: Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) updated their Vaping page. What are vaping devices? Vaping devices, also known as e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. They can resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes (cig-a-likes), cigars,  or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks. Other devices, such as those with fillable tanks, may look different. Regardless of their design and appearance, these devices generally operate in a similar manner and are made of similar components. More than 460 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market. Vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and increased risk for addiction to other drugs.

Vaping also exposes the lungs to a variety of chemicals, including those added to e-liquids, and other chemicals produced during the heating/vaporizing process.

Learn more: Read the report at National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA. (2019, November 22). Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes)