What is vaping?

Vapes, e-cigarettes, and Juuls are all common terms for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. These products are battery powered devices that heat a solution of chemicals, creating an aerosolized emission, which is then inhaled. The liquid contains compounds such as nicotine, propylene glycol, cadmium (battery acid), vegetable glycerin, as well as many others. The process of the e-liquid being heated and aerosolized causes chemical reactions to take place. Juul was the most popular brand of vape products in the United States but has been banned by FDA in June 2022 from being sold on shelves.

Myths vs Truths

Myth: Vapes and e-cigarettes are safe products to use.

Truth: Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive and toxic. Nicotine exposure can cause harm to adolescent and young adult brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. E-cigarette aerosol can contain chemicals that are harmful to the lungs.

Myth: “It’s just water vapor”

Truth: Despite the name, vapes (and e-cigarettes) do not emit water vapor. The e-liquid is heated and forms an aerosol, which is then inhaled. Aerosols are a mixture of liquid chemicals suspended in a gas; vapor is gaseous water.



Myth: E-liquid does not contain nicotine.

Truth: 95% of all e-liquid contains nicotine, and 100% of Juul pods contain nicotine.

Myth: Vaping is a good way to quit cigarettes.

Truth: Nicotine patches and lozenges, other nicotine replacement therapy, as well as medications like Chantix and Welbutrin are all FDA approved cessation products, which are typically covered by Medicaid and other insurances. Contact your Doctor, call the free New York State Smoker’s Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit

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