Electronic Cigarettes

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

It's not like you can buy a new brain. Nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm brain development. Let's protect our kids.
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E-Cigarettes and Young People
The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
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About Electronic Cigarettes
Learn more about e-cigarettes and their effect on your health.
It's not like you can buy a new brain.  Nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm brain development.  Let's protect our kids.  CDC.gov/e-cigarettes

What‘s the bottom line?
  • E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
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