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E-Cigarettes and Smoking Regulations

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What is the principal reason e-cigarettes are popular with adults?

To reduce or stop smoking cigarettes

What is a common side effect of vaping?

Headaches and dizziness

What is a effect of nicotine on children and teenagers?

It slows down their brain development

What is inside the cartridges of e-cigarettes?

Nicotine, propylene glycol, and flavourings

Why are there stricter regulations on e-cigarettes in the UK?

To reduce the harmful chemicals in the cartridges

Why do people believe vaping is a better alternative to smoking?

Because vaping is less harmful than smoking

What is one of the side effects of using e-cigarettes?


What is a key ingredient in e-cigarettes that can be addictive?


What is the main component of an e-cigarette?


What happened to the ingredients in e-cigarette cartridges in 2016?

Strict laws were passed to regulate them

What do people think e-cigarettes are a better solution than smoking?

E-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes

What is a potential side effect of using e-cigarettes on young people?

They are at more risk of starting to do other drugs

What powers e-cigarettes?


Why should e-cigarettes ONLY be used by people over the age of 18 (18+) ?

Because nicotine can slow brain development

What does the 2016 legislation in the UK mean for e-cigarette manufacturers?

They must respect new regulations

Study Notes

E-Cigarettes and Vaping

  • E-cigarettes are popular among adults who wish to reduce or stop smoking cigarettes altogether.
  • Vaping has grown in popularity since the 2006 ban on smoking in indoor spaces in Scotland, which aimed to prevent second-hand smoke that killed almost 900 people annually.

E-Cigarette Composition and Function

  • E-cigarettes are powered by batteries and contain cartridges with three main substances: nicotine, propylene glycol, and flavourings.
  • When the liquid in the cartridge is heated, it creates a vapour, hence the term 'vaping'.

Regulations and Side Effects

  • In 2016, the UK government passed strict laws regulating the ingredients in e-cigarette cartridges to prevent dangerous chemicals.
  • Nicotine, a stimulant drug, can be highly addictive and remains in the body for up to three days.
  • Some people experience headaches, dizziness, and nausea after using e-cigarettes, and the lungs can also become irritated.

Age Restrictions and Risks

  • E-cigarettes are intended for those aged 18 and over because nicotine can slow brain development in children and teenagers, affecting learning, memory, and concentration.
  • Young people who vape are more likely to try smoking cigarettes and are at an increased risk of trying other drugs.

Benefits and Effectiveness

  • E-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements found in cigarettes.
  • Vaping has been shown to be an effective way for smokers to give up cigarettes and stop smoking entirely.

Learn about the laws and regulations surrounding e-cigarettes, their popularity among those who want to quit smoking, and the benefits of vaping over traditional cigarettes.

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