Learn to Recognize Stealth E-Cigarette Products
You probably know that an e-cigarette (also called a vape) is a battery-powered device that heats a liquid nicotine mixture into an aerosol that the user inhales. Several of the e-cigarettes most popular with youth resemble USB flash drives and can be relatively odorless. But did you know that teens may also be using stealth e-cigarette products disguised as backpacks, smartwatches, sweatshirts, fidget spinners, or hand-held gaming devices?
For example, look at the sweatshirt and backpack below. Both these products have a stealth pocket for the e-cigarette system to deliver aerosol discreetly through a hose that’s woven through the fabric. These products make it easier for teens to vape without raising the attention of parents, teachers, or other adults.
In the pictures below, can you immediately tell which product is the e-cigarette?
Be on the Lookout for Disposable E-Cigarettes
Disposable e-cigarettes are becoming more popular with youth. A disposable e-cigarette is designed for a single use. Some of these disposable products cost as little as a few dollars each, making them more affordable to teens.
A disposable e-cigarette can’t be recharged or refilled; a teen does not have to charge it or necessarily hide it at home or at school. Teens can obtain, use, and throw away these products. Some common disposable e-cigarettes resemble USB sticks and may appear in bright colors.
Adapted from How to Spot Stealth and Disposable Cigarettes, Kathy Crosby, Director of Communications at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
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