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E-Cigarettes & E-Hookahs

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and electronic hookahs (e-hookahs) allow the user to inhale a vapor that may contain nicotine as well as other flavors and chemicals. Many e-cigarettes and hookahs look just like real cigarettes or pipes. But some look like pens or USB memory sticks. Not much is known yet about the benefits and risks of these products.

How they work

There are many types of e-cigarettes and e-hookahs. Most have a battery-operated heating device. When you inhale, the heater turns on and heats a liquid cartridge into a vapor. The cartridge may contain nicotine or other flavors or chemicals. It also contains glycerol or propylene glycol (PEG), which looks like smoke when you exhale. Each cartridge can be used a few times. Cartridges come in many flavors.


The makers of e-cigarettes and e-hookahs market their products for several uses:

E-cigarettes have not been fully tested. So it is not yet known if any of these claims are true.

Safety concerns

Health experts have many concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes and e-hookahs.

E-cigarettes and children

Many experts also have concerns about the effects of these products on children.

More studies are needed

There is not enough information about e-cigarettes to know if they are safe or harmful. Until more is known about their long-term effects, the FDA and the American Cancer Association recommend steering clear of these devices.

If you are trying to quit smoking, your best bet is to use FDA-approved smoking cessation aids. These include:

When to call the doctor

If you need more help quitting, talk with your health care provider.


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