What is vaping?
Vaping is an alternate to smoking tobacco or marijuana. Devices used for vaping are often referred to as e-cigarettes, vapes, or vape pens (a common brand is Juul). Vapes work by heating a chemical (“vape juice”), most commonly containing nicotine or THC, to create an aerosol mist that is inhaled. Vape devices come in many shapes and sizes; some look like USB drives, others like pens, and others like phones and various other items.
Facts about vaping
- E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are NOT risk-free.
- They contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug with known health risks.
- Using e-cigarettes and other vaping products is not a proven method for quitting smoking.
- Nicotine can affect brain development and functioning in young people.
- E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are not FDA approved.
- There is no evidence that the aerosol from these products is safe.
Risks & Health Implications
- Nicotine is highly addictive and can negatively affect brain development, which continues through the mid-twenties.
- Lung injuries have been reported, with symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain - at times associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain.
- The liquid used in e-cigarettes is unregulated and may contains many harmful substances besides nicotine or THC, often in higher concentrations than cigarettes.
- Chemicals found in the liquid of e-cigarettes contribute to the development of lung disease and cancer.
Vaping at Tulane
- Tulane is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Smoking, and the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers, are prohibited on all university property. The Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy is part of Tulane’s commitment to creating a healthy environment for members of our community.
- E-cigarettes are not an FDA-approved method for quitting smoking, and more research is needed to determine whether they are effective in helping smokers quit.
- There are other effective methods for quitting smoking. Those interested in quitting smoking or vaping can visit Resources to Help You Quit Smoking and Tobacco to learn more.