A vape is sometimes called an e-cigarette, vape pen, e-hookah, or mod. All of these names refer to an electronic tobacco product. Vapes typically have a liquid that is heated to create an aerosol, which the user inhales. Vapes can contain high amounts of nicotine, which is harmful to your brain and can cause addiction


A disposable vape is designed to be used and thrown away once the e-liquid has run out. However, like other vapes, disposable vapes can contain nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol, and glycerin, which are heated into an aerosol that users inhale. Neither is safe to use.
Vapes can expose your lungs to harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde and acrolein, and toxic metal particles, such as chromium, nickel, and lead.
There’s no such thing as a “better” vape. All nicotine products, including cartridge-based and disposable vapes, can expose your brain to nicotine and harm your health. This can disrupt brain development and cause long-term effects on attention, learning, and memory that promote addiction to nicotine.
Not all vapes contain nicotine, but most do. And regardless of whether they have nicotine, all vapes can contain toxic chemicals. E-liquids, made primarily from propylene glycol and glycerol, break down into harmful chemicals known to cause lung damage and cancer.
When you vape, you can inhale toxic metal particles like nickel, chromium, and lead.

Vapes have not been approved to help people quit smoking. The safest option for your health is to be completely tobacco-free, since nicotine in any form can be disruptive to brain development. Quitting vaping is hard, but there are resources that can help:

Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that teens are more sensitive to because their brains are still developing. Using nicotine at a young age can make it easier to be addicted and have long-term effects on attention, learning, and memory that promote addiction to nicotine.
Vaping can expose you to cancer-causing chemicals, and metals that are known to be toxic to your lungs, and seriously addictive levels of nicotine. Some users may also experience coughing and wheezing, nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness.
Vape liquids typically consist of propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. When heated during use, e-liquids form an inhalable chemical aerosol or “vapor.” Some e-cigarette aerosols can contain cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde.