The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.
Your brain is still developing into your mid-20s. Exposing yourself to nicotine at a young age puts youth at risk for nicotine addiction, mood disorders, lower impulse control and can harm parts of the brain that control learning and memory. Learn more: