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Electronic Cigarettes

What are E-Cigarettes?
E-Cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some resemble pens, USB sticks and other everyday items. 
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E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products—flavorings, and other chemicals that help make aerosol. Users inhale the aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air.
For a closer look at e-cigarette use in Nebraska check out the Publication and Reports page for reports on Data & Trends, Adult Tobacco Survey and the Youth Tobacco Survey.
What is in E-Cigarette Aerosol?
The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, such as:
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It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to actually contain varying amounts of nicotine.
What are the Health Effects of Using E-Cigarettes?
Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes. Here is some of what is known.
1. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has known health effects.
    • Nicotine is highly addictive.
    • Nicotine is toxic to developing fetuses.
    • Nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20’s.
    • Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and their developing babies.
2. E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. Besides nicotine, it can contain substances that harm the body.
    • Ingredients include: nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead.  
3. E-cigarettes can cause unintended injuries.
    • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused fires and explosions, some of which have resulted in serious injuries.
    • In addition, acute nicotine exposure can be toxic. Adults, children, and pets have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid.
Regulation of e-cigarettes fall under the FDA Deeming Regulations. To learn more about this visit the FDA website.  It’s also important to know that during the 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral passed a law that made it illegal to sell vapor products to minors younger than 18 in the state. Learn more about the law.
In Nebraska, the Smoke-Free Air Law doesn’t prohibit e-cigarettes since they are not ‘lit.’ As a result, they could be used indoors; however, it may be in the best interest of a business (especially bars) to prohibit their use because their appearance is so similar to conventional cigarettes which could cause confusion about whether or not the business is following the law.
The only way to realize the health benefits of a tobacco-free and nicotine-free life, is to quit ALL tobacco products – lit and unlit alike. The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can help. The free & confidential Quitline is available 24/7 at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
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For more information, contact:
Tobacco Free Nebraska
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2101
E-mail: TFN Info