What are e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat an ‘e-liquid’ (or ‘e-juice’) to very high temperatures to produce an aerosol. They are designed to deliver nicotine and/or other chemicals via an aerosol vapour directly to your lungs. E-cigarettes do not generally contain tobacco and products vary in terms of ingredients and designs.
All e-cigarettes have three basic components: a battery, an atomiser (heating element) and a fluid cartridge. The e-liquid used in e-cigarettes usually contains propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine and added flavourings.
What is vaping?
A person is said to be ‘vaping’ when they inhale the aerosol produced by an e-cigarette into their lungs. The aerosol is filled with hundreds of different chemicals, many known to be harmful to human health.
Similar to smoking, inhaling nicotine is what makes these devices very addictive. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, even if it is not stated on the packet. The amount of nicotine you consume in 1 vape can be equal to or greater than the nicotine levels in an entire packet of cigarettes.