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E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.


Quick Facts

  • E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.

  • The liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains nicotine and flavorings. This liquid is sometimes called “e-juice,” “e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”

  • Users inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales it into the air.

  • E-cigarette devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s

  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.

  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

What POP is doing about it: 

  • Youth complete environmental scans in middle and high schools. These surveys allow us to see the extent of substance misuse issues within our schools to focus our efforts where they are needed most. They enable us to see from a student perspective to assess prevention strategies being used, what is needed in the schools, and fill the gaps in prevention work.

  • Involvement in each school to educate students in Putnam County on the risks associated with vaping. 

  • Vaping Intervention classes with youth that are caught with vaping devices at school. This program provides youth with an educational, conversation-based curriculum that provides consequences of nicotine use and resources to quit.


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