Quitting tobacco? Stamp out e-cigarettes, too.
If you’ve recently quit smoking, I applaud you! But you need to know the bad news about electronic cigarettes, or “vape pens,” too. Many smokers have swapped traditional cigarettes for e-cigarettes because they believe they’re a less destructive option. The problem is that certain chemical products found in e-cigarettes have also been linked to severe respiratory disease. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol. A main component in the liquid is nicotine extracted from tobacco mixed with a base — usually propylene glycol (also found in antifreeze!) — plus flavorings, colorants and other chemicals. The exact ingredients are nearly impossible to determine, since e-cigarettes are unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, lab testing of popular brands found toxic, cancer-causing chemicals. Definitely not anything you want in your body!