Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. That’s why using e-cigarettes is called “vaping.” Learn more.
Serious Health Effects
The risk of vaping for any individual, both youth and adults, may include serious illness and death.
In an advisory issued on 9/24/19, the California Department of Public Health urged everyone to refrain from vaping. Learn more.
In the News
- Commentary: I’m a Doctor in San Diego. Smoking and Vaping Put Youth at Risk for COVID-19, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Jeanne Huang, M.D., M.P.H. (11/25/20)
- Electronic Cigarettes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products (CDC)
- E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives (CDC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration
- Let’s Talk Cannabis (California Dept. of Public Health)
- E-cigarette Quitting Fact Sheet in English and Spanish (California Smokers’ Hotline)
- Juul and Sourin Fact Sheet in English and Spanish (California Smokers’ Hotline)
- Secondhand Vape Aerosol and Kids Fact Sheet in English and Spanish (California Smokers’ Hotline)