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About electronic cigarettes and vaping

Ready to quit tobacco use?
Email icanquit@vcuhealth.org to get help.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information about electronic cigarettes and vaping. Here are the facts.

  • E-cigarettes go by many names such as e-cigs, e-hookahs, vapes and vape pens.
  • E-cigarettes are not harmless. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.
  • The vapor that e-cigarettes produce is not only water vapor. The vapor that e-cigarettes produce contains thousands of harmful chemicals and heavy metals, including lead and cancer-causing agents harmful to your lungs.
  • E-cigarettes are new products so there’s still more research that needs to be done to find out about how e-cigarettes affect health.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved e-cigarettes as a device that can help you quit smoking.
  • There are available, FDA-approved quitting methods that can help you safely and successfully quit smoking. Unlike e-cigarettes, which are banned from many public places, you can use FDA-approved quitting aids anywhere, even at the hospital.