Since electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) hit the market in the early 2000s, they have soared in popularity and use, especially among teens and young adults. Once thought a “safer” way to smoke, vaping with e-cigarettes is now called a public health crisis by many health groups.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices used for a type of smoking called vaping. They produce a mist that is inhaled deep into the lungs, mimicking the feeling of smoking regular cigarettes.

E-cigarettes contain nicotine. The exact amount varies by brand. Some have as much or more than paper cigarettes. They may also have added flavors and contain a variety of other chemicals.

How does an e-cigarette work?

E-cigarettes use batteries or electricity to heat up a liquid until it turns into a mist. 

The mist may contain:

  • Nicotine
  • Chemical flavorings
  • Microscopic particles
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Heavy metals, such as lead, tin, and nickel

Risks of E - cigarettes:

  • Nicotine Addiction (yes they are addictive)
  • Cancer (Oral, Lung Cancer cases have been reported)
  • Lung Diseases (Tuberculosis, COPD etc) 
  • Explosions while use.

Expert's view:

E-cigarettes have been strongly linked to continued tobacco use (addiction) and are not recommended for young people. 

  • They are also harmful to pregnant ladies & fetuses.
  • They contain heavy metals, such as lead, tin, and nickel
  • E-cigarettes can look like regular cigarettes, pipes, or cigars. They may also resemble sleek electronic devices, making them appealing to younger users.