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 Vaping: E-cigarettes & Personal Vaporizers

Last Updated: May 17, 2021
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Serious and Life-Threatening National Outbreak of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)External Link


Download the Army's Public Health Alert - Severe Lung Illness Associated with E-Cigarette UseExternal Link (11Sep19)

Download the Army's Public Health Alert (Update 1) - Severe Lung Illness Associated with E-Cigarette UseExternal Link (17Sep19)

General Information:

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in this article refers to all types of personal vaporizers, vape pens, and vape mods. They can contain just as much or even more nicotine than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette cartridges (e-liquids) or oils may also contain harmful products and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a smoking-cessation aid.


Key Points about E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping

  • Toxicological assessment of electronic cigarette vaping: an emerging threat to force health, readiness and resilience in the U.S. Army: This article by the Army Public Health Center analyzes the potential adverse health effects from vaping E-cigarettes and regulatory policies governing their use. 
  • If you have never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, do not start.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
  • Users of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizer pens must ensure that the products they purchase do not contain Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or synthetic cannabinoids (more info).
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
  • E-cigarettes are considered by the Army to be in the same category as tobacco products and may not be utilized in any government building.