Vaping methods and harms
Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or ecigs) and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
These products use a liquid, or "e-liquid," that most often contain nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and other ingredients. The liquid is heated into an aerosol that the user inhales.
ENDS may be manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some, called Juuls, resemble pens or other everyday items like flash drives. Larger devices, such as tank systems or mods, bear little or no resemblance to cigarettes.
E-cigarettes have the potential to addict a new generation that might not otherwise have experimented with traditional cigarettes. They contain nicotine, which is as addictive in cigarettes as in vaping devices and e-cigarettes. If these devices are not regulated and this trend continues, it's almost certain the rates of smoking among youth will increase, reversing the great progress in smoking cessation and tobacco use.
There are currently 466 electronic and e-cigarette brands and 7,764 unique flavors. Some flavors can cause popcorn lung (bronchiolitis obliterans) - a term named after workers at a popcorn factory were exposed to diacetyl, the buttery flavor, causing a bad reaction. That same type of flavoring is used in many e-cigarettes. Severe burns and injuries have also been associated with e-cigarette explosions.
Tobacco manufacturers are also in on vaping. The company that sells Kool sells Blu. Marlboro sells Mark Ten and Camel sells Vuse.
Basically, these Big Tobacco corporations are replacing their old cigarette customers with new, younger customers they hope to keep for a lifetime by promoting a new product.