E-Cigarettes/Vaping
Learn facts about its safety, FDA recommendations, and laws.

Electronic Cigarettes/Vaping

(electronic nicotine delivery systems)                                                                   

What are they?

  • Also known as “e-cigarettes”, “mods”, “vapes”, “e-cigs”, “tanks’ or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems).
  • Battery-powered devices that heat a liquid solution to a high enough temperature to produce an inhalable aerosol.
  • Users “vape”, instead of smoking.
  • Older devices look like regular cigarettes, others resemble cigars, pipes, or everyday items, such as pens, USB memory sticks, medical inhalers or lipstick.
  • Advertised by e-cigarette makers as safer than regular cigarettes, we do not know the long-term effects.
  • New to the market in 2007, now there are more than 450 device types and thousands of e-juice flavors.
  • 2015, JUUL new high-nicotine device style that entered the market. Popular among teens. Nicotine salt flavor pods. One pod contains nicotine equivalent of 200 puffs on a cigarette or an entire pack of cigarettes.

Are they safe?

  • Because studies are limited, we do not yet know:
    • If these devices are safe
    • How much nicotine is in some of the liquids or flavor pods
    • What other chemicals they contain
  • The aerosol/vapor from e-cigarettes can contain tiny chemical particles.
  • The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has not classified any e-cigarettes as safe or effective to quit smoking.
  • E-cigarettes contain ingredients, such as nicotine, that can be toxic to humans.
  • Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including e-cigs, is unsafe.
  • Nicotine affects the development of the brain's reward system and brain circuits that control attention and learning.

Can vaping help people quit smoking?

  • More research is needed to find out if vaping can help people quit smoking.  Currently, no e-cigarettes are approved or recommended by the FDA as a smoking cessation product.
  • FDA approved products for quitting include: nicotine gum, nicotine skin patches, nicotine lozenges, nicotine oral inhaled products, nicotine nasal spray, and the medicines Zyban and Chantix.

What else do I need to know?

  • NH was one of the first states to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under 18. Breathe NH and members of its New Hampshire Youth Network helped pass this law in 2010, House Bill 1541.
  • August 2016, regulatory authority of FDA was extended to cover e-cigarettes through the agency’s “deeming rule”.
  • Through the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, FDA can establish product standards and regulate the manufacturing, importing, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale and distribution of e-cigarettes including components and parts of e-cigarettes.
  • July 2017, FDA extended the timeline for product applications to 2022
  • December 2016, US Surgeon General’s report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults available at: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov
  • NH DHHS Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/tobacco/e-cigarettes.html
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New Hampshire smoking law states that it is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to use, purchase, attempt to purchase, or possess tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or liquid nicotine.

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