Vaping Facts
Vaping Facts

23 Vaping Facts You Should Know

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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