What are electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user.

Most e-cigarettes are manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some resemble everyday items such as pens and USB memory sticks.

Are e-cigarette's safe?

According to the FDA website, e-cigarette have not been fully studied to identify risks, analyzed for the chemicals being used nor do they know if there are any benefits to using e-cigarettes.

CYAN (California Youth Advocacy Network) has information on new and emerging products.