E-Cigarettes & Vaping

E-Cigs, Vapes & Juul

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device that heats liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The devices come in various shapes and sizes and are known by different names including “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “mods,” and “Juul.” Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “Juuling.” The e-cigarette liquid usually has nicotine, flavoring and other additives. Vapes can also be used for marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Graphic of vape types: tanks & mmods, rechargable ecigs and disposable ecigs
Vape Types, image courtesy CDC
OHA Graphic, vaping dangers
E-Cigarette vapor may contain harmful substances, image courtesy OHA
ecigarettes and eliquid
E-Cigarettes with e-liquid

Vaping Illness Investigation

The poison center is supporting the investigation of a nationwide outbreak of respiratory illnesses associated with use of vaping devices, and is working with local public health and health care partners to track any illnesses in Oregon. Visit Oregon Health Authority for more information. If you feel sick after vaping seek medical attention immediately.

OHA EVALI graphic
Symptoms of E-cigarette and Vaping Associated Lung Injury, image courtesy OHA

E-Cigarette & Liquid Nicotine Safety

Poisoning from nicotine and e-cigarette liquid can occur by drinking it, spilling it on the skin, and breathing too much vapor. Cases of accidental eye exposure have also been reported as refill bottles are similar to commercially available eye dropper bottles used for therapeutic eye drops.

  • Store e-cigarette products and refills separately from any medications, eye drops and food.
  • Always store e-cigarette products and refills up, away and out of sight of kids. Because these products may smell or look like kid-friendly foods, they may be especially tempting to touch or taste.
  • Use caution when refilling or handling liquids. Wash your hands with soap and water and clean up any spills immediately.
  • Call the poison center in case of exposure 1-800-222-1222.
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Youth Vaping Epidemic

E-Cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. Despite Tobacco 21, Oregon's new law raising the purchase age from 18 to 21 for inhalant delivery products, tobacco products, and devices - middle and high school students continue to use e-cigarettes and vapes. New data released by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) show one in four Oregon 11th graders report vaping a nicotine product and youth use of e-cigarettes increased nearly 80% between 2017-2019. The use of e-cigarettes and vapes is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is harmful to the developing brain. E-cigarette aerosol can also contain heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.

Electronic cigarettes and vaping video for youth from David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Talk with your kids

Talk to your teens about the health effects of nicotine and e-cigarettes. You can influence their decision to about vaping and e-cigarettes. Here are some resources to get the conversation started:

Any Volunteers? The risk of e-cigarettes for young people from CDC.
OHA Graphic what parents can do to prevent their kids from vaping
Image courtesy, OHA
Vaping: Do you what's inside? Educational video for students, courtesy Upstate New York Poison Center
Vaping: Is it worth it? Educational video for parents, courtesy Upstate New York Poison Center

Quit Resources

Oregon Tobacco Quit Line Teen Program is Free to any Oregonian 13 years or older