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What's in your e-cigarette?

E-cigarettes, also called vapes, aren't without risks. They can contain substances that may be unsafe.

E-cigs are filled with more than flavor

Benzene, a chemical found naturally in gasoline and known to raise the risk of leukemia.

Diacetyl, a chemical flavoring linked to a serious disease known as popcorn lung.

Heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead.

Nicotine, an addictive drug that can harm the brains of kids and young adults.

Other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde.

Propylene glycol, a food additive also used to make antifreeze and paint solvent.

Ultrafine particles, which can be inhaled deeply into the lungs, harming your health.

Sources: American Cancer Society; American Lung Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Smokefree.gov;

Need help quitting? Ask your doctor about resources or medications that can help you.

Reviewed 11/01/2021

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