Image courtesy of the CDC
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
Nicotine is highly
Nicotine is toxic to
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.
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.
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).
|For more information, contact:|
Tobacco Free Nebraska
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2101
E-mail: TFN Info