eCigarette Glossary

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eCigarette Glossary

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acetaldehyde - A colorless liquid that is in the cascade of breakdown products that develops when the body metabolizes alcohol. The colorless liquid also is used by manufacturers to make a range of products, including vinegar, perfume and flavorings. According to the U.S. National Toxicology Program, this chemical is also “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”

acrolein - A liquid that’s clear or yellowy and has an odor that can create a choking sensation. In high concentrations it’s a known poison. Manufacturers add it to plastics, medicines, pesticides, resins and more.

aldehyde - A family of chemicals that can be formed by the oxidation of alcohols. These compounds, known as organic (because they contains carbon) contain a chemical group: CHO. Many members of this family, notably formaldehyde, are toxic.

cancer - Any of more than 100 different diseases, each characterized by the rapid, uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. The development and growth of cancers, also known as malignancies, can lead to tumors, pain and death.

chemical - A substance formed from two or more atoms that unite (become bonded together) in a fixed proportion and structure. For example, water is a chemical made of two hydrogen atoms bonded to one oxygen atom. Its chemical symbol is H2O. Chemical can also be an adjective that describes properties of materials that are the result of various reactions between different compounds.

e-cigarette - (short for electronic cigarette) Battery-powered device that disperse nicotine and other chemicals as tiny airborne particles that users can inhale. They were originally developed as a safer alternative to cigarettes that users could use as they tried to slowly break their addiction to the nicotine in tobacco products.

e-liquid - A term for the solutions heated to the evaporation point in an electronic cigarette. These solutions are the basis of the vapors that will be inhaled. The liquid typically contains a solvent into which flavorings and nicotine have been dissolved.

formaldehyde - A widely used and toxic chemical that manufacturers add to plastics, resins, some fertilizers, dyes, medicines and embalming fluids. It’s even in the treatments used to keep fabrics from wrinkling.

minors - Children and adolescents below an age that would make them legally adults.

nicotine - A colorless, oily chemical produced in tobacco and certain other plants. It creates the ‘buzz’ effect associated with smoking. It also is highly addictive, making it hard for smokers to give us their use of cigarettes. The chemical is also a poison, sometimes used as a pesticide to kill insects and even some invasive snakes or frogs.

solvent - A material (usually a liquid) used to dissolve some other material into a solution.

tobacco - A plant cultivated for its leaves. Dried tobacco leaves are burned in cigars, cigarettes, and pipes. Tobacco leaves are also sometimes chewed. The main constituent of tobacco leaves is nicotine.

toxic - Poisonous or able to harm or kill cells, tissues or whole organisms. The measure of risk posed by such a poison is its toxicity.

toxicology - The branch of science that probes poisons and how they disrupt the health of people and other organisms. Scientists who work in this field are called toxicologists.

vaping - (v. to vape) A slang term for the use of e-cigarettes because these devices emit vapor, not smoke. People who do this are referred to as vapers.

vaporize - To convert from a liquid to a gas (or vapor) through the application of heat.

vapors - Fumes released when a liquid transforms to a gas, usually as a result of heating.

voltage - A force associated with an electric current that is measured in units known as volts. Power companies use high-voltage to move electric power over long distances.

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