Health effects of e-cigarettes: Issue brief #2 in a series of three on e-cigarettes

Health effects of e-cigarettes: Issue brief #2 in a series of three on e-cigarettes
February 10, 2016
Source: Kansas Health Institute



Key points of the brief include:

  • The negative health effects of nicotine are well-documented, especially for children. Nicotine is generally harmful for the human brain, particularly during developing years. Nicotine poisoning also poses risk and can be deadly.
  • Many studies indicate that e-cigarette vapor is less harmful than conventional cigarette smoke.
  • Some components of e-liquid, particularly propylene glycol and flavor additives, may pose significant risk to users, and the long-term effects of e-cigarette use are not yet known.
  • Public health experts continue to debate whether e-cigarettes help with smoking cessation, reduce harm for smokers who are not ready to quit, or lead teens to begin using other forms of nicotine.


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