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How do vapes work?

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E-cigarettes, sometimes called vapes, run on batteries and heat up nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. They turn them into a vapor you can breathe in. Many chemicals that cause cancer are in this vapor. That includes formaldehyde, heavy metals, and particles that can get stuck in the deepest parts of your lungs.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "COPD," "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cigarettes, Cigars and Vaping: Which Habit Puts You Most at Risk?" "Electronic Cigarettes: Weighing In on a Popular Trend."

Environmental Health Perspectives: "Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Harvard Gazette: "Chemical Flavorings Found in E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Disease." 

Harvard School of Public Health: "Chemicals Linked with Severe Respiratory Disease Found in Common E-Cigarette Flavors."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Facts About Electronic Cigarettes."

Kidshealth.org: "E-Cigarettes."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans."

Stillblowingsmoke.org: "Popcorn Lung: Sounds Delicious."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 24, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "COPD," "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cigarettes, Cigars and Vaping: Which Habit Puts You Most at Risk?" "Electronic Cigarettes: Weighing In on a Popular Trend."

Environmental Health Perspectives: "Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Harvard Gazette: "Chemical Flavorings Found in E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Disease." 

Harvard School of Public Health: "Chemicals Linked with Severe Respiratory Disease Found in Common E-Cigarette Flavors."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Facts About Electronic Cigarettes."

Kidshealth.org: "E-Cigarettes."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans."

Stillblowingsmoke.org: "Popcorn Lung: Sounds Delicious."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 24, 2019

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