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Vaping: E-cigarettes & Personal Vaporizers

Last Updated: May 13, 2019
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PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: Health Effects of Vape Oils Containing Unknown Substances

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in this article refers to all types of personal vaporizers, vape pens, and vape mods. They can contain just as much or even more nicotine than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette cartridges (e-liquids) or oils may also contain harmful products and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a smoking-cessation aid.


Key Points

  • If you have never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, do not start.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • Users of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizer pens must ensure that the products they purchase do not contain Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or synthetic cannabinoids (more info).
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
  • E-cigarettes are considered by the Army to be in the same category as tobacco products and may not be utilized in any government building.