FAQs

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Where can I get more information on the e-cigarette industry?

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If you are interested in knowing more about e-cigarettes and dispelling the myths that have been promulgated we suggest you read "Fast Facts on Vaping".

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What are electronic cigarettes?

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An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking by producing a vapor that resembles smoke. It generally uses a heating element known as an atomizer, that vaporizes a liquid solution. Solutions usually contain a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings, while others release a flavored vapor without nicotine.

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What are the health risks of e-cigarettes?

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The benefits and risks of electronic cigarette use are uncertain. Some research indicates that the health risks are much lower than regular cigarettes and similar to nicotine replacement therapy. Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco; a carcinogenic ingredient and they do not produce smoke. Numerous studies support that an overwhelming majority of tobacco related deaths are a result of the smoke produced and inhaled by users, not nicotine.

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Do e-cigarettes cause cancer just like regular cigarettes?

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The FDA discovered trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in e-cigarettes, which are known to cause cancer with high exposure. The amounts found were far too low to be definitively labeled as cancer-causing. An e-cigarette contains nearly the same trace levels of nitrosamines as the FDA-approved nicotine patch and about 1,300 times less nitrosamines than a traditional cigarette.

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Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

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Electronic cigarettes are an alternative to traditional cigarettes. While electronic cigarettes are not smoking cessation tools nor are they marketed that way, there may be anecdotal evidence that some people have reduced or eliminated use of traditional cigarettes.  There is also anecdotal evidence that people have started using e-cigarettes who have never smoked combustible tobacco products.

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What is in the liquid or “e-juice” that is being vaporized?

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The two base ingredients for e-cigarette liquid are propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Both are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA. PG is non-toxic and is a common ingredient in many foods, cosmetics, medicines and fog machines for stage performances. VG is a simple polyol (sugar alcohol) compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations.  In food and beverages, VG serves as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is also used as filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods (e.g., cookies), and as a thickening agent in liqueurs.