What are e-Cigarettes?
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Standard FDA Approved System

Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are smokeless, battery operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings or other chemicals to the lungs of users without burning tobacco (the usual source of nicotine). They are typically manufactured to resemble regular tobacco cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks. More than 250 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market.

Non-FDA Approved Versions Marketed Toward Teens & Young Adults
Non-FDA Approved Versions Marketed Toward Teens & Young Adults

While e-cigarettes are often promoted as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes, little is actually known yet about the public health implications of using these devices.

How Do e-Cigarettes Work?

Most e-cigarettes consist of three different components, including:

  • A cartridge, which holds a liquid solution containing varying amounts of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals
  • A heating device (vaporizer)
  • A rechargeable battery

In most e-cigarette, puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge. The resulting aerosol or vapor is then inhaled (called “vaping”). Learn More

Additional Information:
Drug Facts – National Institute of Drug Abuse
Youth Using E-Cigarettes to Smoke Marijuana – CADCA Building Drug Free Communities
NIDA TV Spotlight on e-Cigarettes – YouTube Video