The 411 on Electronic Cigarettes

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  • Smoking Up
  • What Are E-Cigs?
  • How They Are Made
  • The Health Hype
  • Are They Really Healthier?
  • What About Secondhand Vapor?
  • The Rise of Electronic Cigarettes
  • Kids and E-Cigs
  • African-Americans and Smoking Rates
  • A Generation of Users
  • The Cancer Stick
  • Menthol and You
  • Smoking and Racial Health Disparities
  • Banned Overseas

How They Are Made

E-cigarettes look and feel almost exactly like regular cigarettes. There’s an LED light at the release-point. E-cigs contain a mechanism that heats up a liquid mixture of nicotine, water, propylene glycol and glycerol, which turns into a vapor that is inhaled and exhaled by the user. (Photo: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

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