E-CIGARETTES: HOW MUCH DO WE KNOW?

Electronic Cigarettes or e-cigarettes are a battery operated device that delivers nicotine to the user.  The smoker inhales the nicotine, flavor and other chemicals in aerosol form coming from the device.  E-cigarettes are not currently being regulated by the FDA.  Potentially harmful components have been documented in some e-cigarette cartridges, including irritants, genotoxins, and animal carcinogens.  We do not know the impact of this new vapor on users and those around the user.

We do know that this device delivers nicotine, a highly addictive drug, and that the device is catching the interest of our youth.  With its appealing flavors such as chocolate, bubble gum and fruit punch, children are drawn to the device and consequently may become addicted to nicotine after continued use.  This addiction may lead our youth to try other tobacco products

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