Know the Facts
E-cigarettes should not be used to replace smoking
What is an E-cigarette?
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine through a flavored vapor.
They are made so users can feel like they are inhaling tobacco smoke, without the burning
tobacco that occurs with a cigarette.
Are E-cigarettes safe?
We do not know if e-cigarettes are safe. The e-cigarette is not currently approved by the
FDA as a safe and effective method to help smokers quit.
E-cigarettes release secondhand vapor (not smoke) that can be seen and smelled.
Further research is needed to determine any health related consequences.
What do we know about the E-Cigarette?
The amount of nicotine in an e-cigarette is unknown. Although the e-cigarette
cartridges are advertised with specific amounts of nicotine, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) testing has shown that their actual amounts do not always match the
An FDA study* found that the e-cigarette products contained toxic chemicals- including the
ingredient found in anti-freeze.
More research is needed to find out what other ingredients are in the e-cigarettes and what
kind of health or other effects they have on people who use them.
What does this information mean?
E-cigarettes should not be used to replace smoking because there is no scientific proof that
they can help smokers quit.
FDA approved medications such as nicotine patches or Chantix® are proven to help smokers
quit and should be used.
Medications approved by the FDA in combination with individual or group counseling
are shown to be the most successful ways to help smokers quit.
It is important to talk with a health care provider when
* Westenberger, B.J. , “Evaluation of E-cigarettes. 2009, FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Division of Pharmaceutical
Analysis: St. Louis, MO.
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