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.
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
This is where Whitman County Public Health (WCPH) steps in. Here is what WCPH says YOU
need to know about Vaping:
1. Nicotine is toxic to developing fetuses.
2. Nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-
3. Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and their developing babies
4. Besides nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol can contain substances that harm the body. This
includes cancer-causing chemicals and tiny particles that reach deep into lungs.
5. Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused fires and explosions
6. Acute nicotine can be toxic. Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing,
breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid.
7. E-cigarettes are not currently approved by the FDA as a quit smoking aid.
8. In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in
the past 30 days.
9. 1 Juul Pod is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes.
10. Among current e-cigarrete users ages 18-24, 40% had never been regular cigarette smokers.