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Questions About Electronic Cigarettes

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Questions About Electronic Cigarettes

Answers About Electronic Cigarettes


Can vaping help you quit tobacco?

E-cigarettes are not a proven quit aid and are actually tobacco products themselves. They come with their own health risks and are not an FDA-approved way to quit other forms of tobacco. Review the Tobacco Cessation Resources Guide [PDF 466KB] to find a program that can help you kick the habit for good. You can find resources such as This is Quitting, a free texting program to help young adults quit vaping. You can also talk with your provider about medications that can help during your quit.

Is JUUL an e-cigarette?

Yes, and they have the same health risks as other electronic cigarettes. Like other e-cigarettes on the market, JUULs are battery-operated devices that heat liquid into a vapor that users inhale. Like many e-cigarettes, JUUL pods contain nicotine which is highly addictive.

Can you use e-cigarettes in places other than DTUAs?

No. You can only use e-cigarettes in designated tobacco use areas (DTUAs). In the Defense Department (DOD), the rules for e-cigarette use are the same as for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and any other tobacco product. You can only use tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) in DTUAs.

What are the dangers of e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are risky for your health in various ways. 1. E-cig batteries can explode, causing significant injuries such as broken bones, loss of teeth, severe burns and deep cuts. 2. E-cigs can harm the lungs, making it more difficult to breathe which is a risk to your readiness as a Service member. 3.  Using e-cigs at age 25 or younger can negatively affect the brain’s development (think: increased risks for mood disorders and less impulse control) due to the nicotine exposure.

Is it safe to smoke and vape at the same time?

Not quite. E-cigarettes are known to be just as addictive as traditional cigarettes. Smoking both traditional cigarettes and e-cigs at the same time can lead to significant health risks. Why? There’s a high amount of nicotine, chemicals and toxins in both products, so using them at the same time increases your risk for nicotine addiction even further. If you’re trying to use e-cigs as a quit aid, they are not proven to help. The better option is to quit tobacco products altogether using a combination of strategies such as medications like nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication, counseling and texting programs.

Are e-cigarettes healthier than regular cigarettes?

The short answer – no way. E-cigarettes contain a high amount of nicotine and multiple harmful, cancer-causing chemicals. E-cigs come with their own health risks like damaging your lungs, weakening your immune system or causing burns and injuries from battery explosions. E-cigs also are not an FDA-approved way to quit other forms of tobacco or to use as a replacement to regular cigarettes.

What is an electronic cigarette?

E-cigarettes (e-cigs) are battery-powered devices used to heat liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. E-cigs are known by many different names including: vapes, mods, pod mods, vape pens, tanks and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The liquid in them often contains nicotine, flavorings and various chemicals. These chemicals (think: formaldehyde (what is used to embalm bodies), lead and benzene (found in gasoline)) are known to cause cancer and have negative effects on the reproductive system.

Can my friends or loved ones be impacted by inhaling secondhand e-cigarette vapor?

When people breathe in secondhand vapor from those who are using e-cigarettes, they are exposed to tiny particles of toxins and cancer-causing chemicals as well as nicotine. The long-term impacts of exposure to secondhand e-cig vapors aren’t fully known since e-cig use is still pretty new. However, it’s still important to protect others from secondhand vapor due to the harmful things in it.

What is synthetic nicotine?

Synthetic nicotine is created in a lab and is not made from tobacco leaf. E-cigarette makers originally used synthetic nicotine to avoid being regulated by the FDA, but the law was changed to give the FDA regulating authority. The FDA has since not approved any synthetic nicotine product to be sold

Is synthetic nicotine safe?

It’s too early to know whether the health effects of synthetic nicotine are different than those of nicotine from tobacco. Many e-cigarette companies have benefited from a lack of understanding about its safety and may promote it as healthier alternative to regular tobacco. While studies into its risks are still ongoing and more research is needed, we already know that any kind of nicotine is a major risk to brain development.







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