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E-Cigarettes and Vapor products

  • E-cigarettes are battery operated drug delivery devices.  There are many different types of e-cigarettes but most contain a battery and atomizer that heat up a liquid into a vapor that is inhaled.  Most often the liquid contains nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals. E-cigarette use is often referred to as vaping. E-cigarettes are also used to deliver other drugs such as marijuana.

Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

  • FDA testing found that e-cigarettes can contain harmful chemicals. They also found that the e-cigarettes tested had varying levels of nicotine, which is highly addictive, that did not always match what the packaging said.

  • E-cigarettes often contain nicotine. Nicotine is the same drug that makes cigarettes addictive.

  • Nicotine use is harmful during pregnancy. It can lead to premature birth and low birth weight.

  • E-cigarette vapor is not harmless. It exposes the lungs to a variety of chemicals including nicotine, ultrafine particles, and heavy metals.  

E-cigarettes and Youth

E-cigarettes are popular among teens. In Thurston County more youth use e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes.

  • E-cigarettes often contain nicotine. Nicotine is the same drug that makes cigarettes addictive.
  • Nicotine activates the limbic system more strongly in the adolescent brain making addiction a greater risk for youth who use nicotine.
  • Youth can become addicted to nicotine quickly. Nicotine changes the way the teen brain works and can negatively impact learning.

Learn more at: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/getthefacts.html

Do E-Cigarettes help you to stop smoking?

E-Cigarettes are not medically approved cessation devices, which means they are not recommended to help you stop smoking. There are safe and effective cessation options available. You can learn more about medically approved cessation options at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm198176.htm

What do we know about the health effects of secondhand vapor?

The vapor created by e-cigarettes is not harmless. Initial studies have shown the vapor contains a variety of chemicals including nicotine, ultrafine particles, and heavy metals. The quantity of the carcinogens is less than what is found in traditional cigarettes.

Vaping is public places is not covered by the Smoking in Public Places Law.  You can get free signage for your business if you are vape free or if you would like to become vape free. 

Contact (360)867-2516 or wimsetk@co.thurston.wa.us to learn more.

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This page last updated: 10/06/17