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Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn liquid chemicals into a vapour and then an aerosol that you inhale. Electronic cigarettes may or may not have nicotine.
These cigarettes are often called e-cigarettes. Using an e-cigarette is also called vaping.
Many e-cigarettes are made to look like real cigarettes. Some have a light at the end that glows when you inhale. Newer types even look like pens, phones, car fobs, and flash drives.
Some people use e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking. E-cigarettes may help satisfy nicotine cravings for adults.
E-cigarettes have three main parts:
A chemical in the vapour turns it white. This makes it look like smoke.
Electronic cigars and pipes are also available.
More research is needed before we know if e-cigarettes are safe for people to use. The long-term health effects of using them are not known. What we do know about e-cigarettes is:
If you are thinking about using e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking, talk to your doctor first.
Some early research shows that using e-cigarettes may help some people quit smoking. But we still don't know how helpful they are and more research is needed.
E-cigarette cartridges come with different levels of nicotine. Some people try to lower the nicotine levels over time. But it is not known if this is a healthy or effective way to control nicotine amounts. Using e-cigarettes may keep your addiction to nicotine active. This could make it harder to quit. And there is some concern that the use of these by new users could lead to use of other tobacco products, such as leaf tobacco cigarettes.
Health Canada says:
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Adaptation Date: 5/20/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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