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Electronic Cigarettes and your Health

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)?

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device. The device turns nicotine or cannabis (marijuana) into a vapor that is inhaled. This is also called vaping. Some devices heat liquid nicotine or marijuana. Some can dry heat marijuana. E-cigarettes are also known by other names. Examples include vape pens, e-hookahs, and tank systems. Vaping devices come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like a pen or a computer flash drive. E-cigarettes are often used to help a person quit smoking cigarettes. Vaped nicotine can still cause health problems and may not be the safest way to quit smoking.

What are the risks to my health?

What are the health risks to others?

What are safer ways to quit smoking?

What can I do to help prevent my child from using an e-cigarette?

What should I do if I or someone I know has problems from e-cigarettes?

Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

Where can I find support and more information?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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