• Vaping/E-Cigarettes: What You Need To Know

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    It is a trend among teenagers that, despite attempted crackdowns, continues: vaping.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states the following about e-cigarettes/vaping:

    What Are E-cigarettes?

    • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.
    • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.
    • Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not look like other tobacco products.
    • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”
    • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”

    Vaping is a trend growing among teens across the country. One study says teen vaping jumped 75 percent this year -- and a growing number of teens are using vape devices to get high. Several have ended up in the hospital. We investigate the growing epidemic and sit down with a former user to talk how easily he became addicted. His warning that all teens and their parents need to see, Tuesday on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. 


    How Do E-cigarettes Work?

    • E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.
    • The liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains nicotine and flavorings. This liquid is sometimes called “e-juice,” “e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”
    • Users inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales it into the air.
    • E-cigarette devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

    What Is JUUL?

    • JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled.
    • All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.2
    • News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.
    • Although JUUL is currently the top-selling e-cigarette brand in the United States, other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL.

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