Vaping Facts
Vaping Facts

23 Vaping Facts You Should Know

Karin Lehnardt
By Karin Lehnardt, Senior Writer
Published March 29, 2020

You have heard of vaping, but do know these little-known vaping facts? Learn all about e-cigarettes, vaping vs. smoking, vaping deaths, and much more here.

  • E-cigarettes contain acrolein, which is a herbicide used to kill weeds.[6]
  • Scientists note that vaping could aggravate the symptoms of COVID-19. Because vaping causes respiratory and lung problems, experts say vaping could make symptoms of the coronavirus worse.[4]
  • Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are also called e-hookahs, vapes, vape pens, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).[5]
  • E-cigarettes heat liquid (e-juice) to create an aerosol that users inhale. The liquid can contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) , CBD oil, and other flavors, substances, and additives.[5]
  • E-cigarettes produce several dangerous chemicals that can cause lung disease and cardiovascular disease. These chemicals include acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde.[6]
  • Second-hand vaping smoke contains toxic substances, such as nicotine, diacetyl (a chemical linked to serious lung disease), organic compounds (e.g.benzene) and heavy metals (nickel, tin, and lead).[6]
  • Studies show that if teens begin to vape with sweet flavors, such as mango or cotton candy, they are more likely to become addicted for life.[6]
  • Using e-cigarettes increases the likelihood of catching cold and flu viruses.[6]
  • If a young adult or youth uses e-cigarettes, it increases the likelihood that they will start using traditional cigarettes.[6]
  • Approximately 2/3 of teens who vape use fruit-flavored e-juice. Mint and menthol are the most popular.[6]
  • Fruit Vaping Flavors
    Youths cite fruity vaping flavors as one of the reasons they started using e-cigarettes

  • An estimated 20% (5 million) of youths in the US use e-cigarettes. This is an increase of 135% in only two years.[6]
  • Because e-cigarettes are a relatively new product, the long-term health consequences of using them are not certain. It is known that inhaling harmful chemicals can cause irreversible lung damage and lung diseases.[6]
  • China has the highest number of e-cigarette users, followed by the US and Europe.[1]
  • More high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes, and the use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than among adults.[6]
  • Vaping is harmful during pregnancy. It can result in premature birth and can cause the baby to develop asthma and other health-related issues.[2]
  • One Juul pod contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes.[6]
  • Vaping weakens a user's immune system.[6]
  • Vaping Addiction
    Vaping can actually be harder to quit than smoking
  • The Food and Drug Administration concluded that e-cigarettes are neither safe nor effective in helping smokers quit traditional smoking.[6]
  • The CEO of a top E-cig brand said that vaping manufacturers purposely use flavorings to attract children.[3]
  • A Juul is a high-tech, sleek e-cigarette that is smaller than a USB drive, which makes it easy to hide.[6]
  • As of January 2020, there have been 59 vaping-related deaths in 28 states.[7]
  • The youngest person to die from vaping was a 15-year-old girl in Texas.[7]
  • People with vaping-related injuries usually appear in the ER with shortness of breath after several days of feeling like they have the flu or pneumonia.[7]

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