E-Cigarettes Awareness

Welcome to GAMS E-Cigarettes Awareness Informational Page

Danger! Danger! Danger!


What are E-cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes are battery powered smoking devices that deliver nicotine through a liquid (called: e-juice,vaping, JUULing), which turns into a vapor when using the devices. 
  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol or mix of small particles in the air.

 E-cigarettes are Known by Many Different Names:

  • vaping
  • e-cigs
  • JUUL or JUULing
  • e-hookahs
  • mods
  • vape pens
  • vapes
  • tank systems
  • electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)

What is Vaping?

  • Vaping is using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or another vaping device.

Why it's Dangerous? 

  • Many kinds of e-cigarettes, but equally dangerous 
  • Unsafe
  • Addictive drug
  • Harmful to youth’s brain
  • Kills
  • Toxic
  • Lung disease
  • Affects: learning, mood, attention, impulse control
  • Poison: by swallowing, breathing or absorbing the liquid through the skin or eyes.
  • Contain nicotine (highly addictive)
  • Contain heavy metals: nickel, tin & lead
  • Contain ultra-fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
  • Contain cancer-causing chemicals
  • Contain flavoring chemicals linked to serious lung disease

 What is Nicotine?

  • Nicotine is a toxic colorless or yellowish oily liquid.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive drug
  • Nicotine acts as a stimulant in small doses, but in larger amounts blocks the action of autonomic nerve and skeletal muscle cells.
  • Nicotine is also used in insecticides (substances used to kill insects).

What’s in E-cigarette Aerosol?

  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Nicotine (highly addictive drug)
  • Ultra-fine particles
  • Flavoring such as diacetyl (highly toxic chemical), a chemical linked to a serous lung disease.
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead

What is Diacetyl?

Diacetyl is a highly toxic chemical compound that is very dangerousExposure can cause permanent, severe, and potentially lethal lung disease.

What do E-cigarettes Look Like?

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • USB flash drives
  • Pens
  • Most e-cigarettes have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes

Additional Resource

Learn more about the dangers of the e-cigarettes smoking epidemic (JUULing, Vaping, Tank System) below. (The information above was obtained from these resources.)

For more information, please contact: 

Mr. Fred Yelton 
Guidance Counselor
717-597-3226 ext.  20521