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Electronic Smoking Devices
E-cigarettes are officially known as electronic smoking devices (ESDs). They are more commonly called e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-hookah, or vapes. You may have heard stories that say ESDs are a safe way to help smokers quit smoking. There isn't enough scientific evidence to say if this is true or not. Here's what doctors and researchers do know right now:
- Electronic smoking devices work by heating a liquid that has nicotine and other chemicals in it. Heating the liquid turns it into a vapor. That's what the user inhales and exhales. Some research shows that this vapor includes chemicals that are known to be harmful.
- Although the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is working to regulate ESDs, currently they are not regulated. That means the makers of ESDs don't have to say what is in them. There is no way to know exactly what chemicals or how much are in these products.
- We do know that ESDs contain nicotine. Nicotine is what makes tobacco addictive. Nicotine can also affect how the brain develops. Because childhood and teen years are times of important brain development, the nicotine in tobacco and ESDs is believed to be especially bad for children and teens.
- For now, we do not know if using ESDs is a safe and helpful way to quit smoking, so using ESDs is not recommended. There are other proven, safe, and effective methods for quitting smoking. Explore the options to find a quit method that's right for you visit www.nobutts.org.