People vape with battery-operated devices used to inhale an aerosol, which can contain nicotine, marijuana, flavorings, and other chemicals. In many e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge or reservoir. The person then inhales the resulting aerosol or vapor. Research so far suggests that vaping is less harmful than combustible cigarettes when people who regularly smoke switch to them as a complete replacement, but e-cigarettes can still damage a person’s health. Vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and increased risk for addiction to other drugs. It also exposes the lungs to a variety of chemicals.
Knowledge of what vaping is, how it works, and its physical effects
Familiarity with the risks involved with vaping
Insight into the teen vaping experience
Awareness of the connections between vaping and mental health issues
Overview of the effects of vaping in the disabled community
Understanding of the addiction experience and methods of quitting