Inhale At Your Own Risk

The lungs of people who vape THC, nicotine, or both show chemical burns that resemble the lungs of people who have been exposed to poisons like mustard gas.1, 2, 3

Not Safe To Breathe

JUUL, BLU, and SMOK… Studies show that some of the biggest e-cigarette brands release cancer-causing metal particles, like lead and chromium, in the aerosol you breathe into your lungs.4

Vapes have been connected to thousands of hospitalizations

Severe breathing problems,5 collapsed lungs,5 and pneumonia,5 and over 65 deaths6 — including a teen as young as 15.7 Scientists are still looking into what exactly caused these health problems. While most of these illnesses are among people who vape or dab THC, some only used nicotine vapes.8

Section 1

1. Butt YM, Smith ML, Tazelaar HD, et al. Pathology of vaping-associated lung injury. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2019;381(18), 1780-1781. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1913069.

2. Grady D. Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says. The New York Times. October 2, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/health/vaping-illnesses.html. Accessed March 11, 2020.

3. Farber, M. (2019, October 4). Chemical burns from vaping? Lung damage resembles mustard gas exposure, Mayo Clinic doctors say. Fox News. October 4, 2019. https://www.foxnews.com/health/chemical-burns-vaping. Accessed March 11, 2020.

section 2

4. Zhao D, Navas-Acien A, Ilievski V, Slavkovich, et al. Metal concentrations in electronic cigarette aerosol: Effect of open-system and closed-system devices and power settings. Environmental Research. 2019;174:125-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.04.003.

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5. Siegel DA, Jatlaoui TC, Koumans EH, et al. Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury — United States, October 2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:919–927. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6841e3.

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html. Accessed March 11, 2020.

7. Mansoor S. (2020, January 12). 15-Year-Old Texas Teen’s Death Is Nation’s Youngest Vaping-Related Fatality in Current Outbreak. Time. January 12, 2020. https://time.com/5763506/texas-teen-vaping-death/. Accessed March 11, 2020.

8. Krishnasamy VP, Hallowell BD, Ko JY, et al. Update: Characteristics of a Nationwide Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use–Associated Lung Injury — United States, August 2019–January 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020;69:90–94. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6903e2.