What is vaping and how does it work?

Updated: September 11, 2019 08:08 PM

Health officials are scrambling for answers as to why people are getting sick, and some are dying, from vaping. But why is it just now getting so much attention?

Vaping is essentially inhaling and exhaling vapor that is produced by e-cigarettes or other devices, like vape pens.


At Vape Pro's in Hudson, Wisconsin, General Manager Michael Weis said he answers question about vaping a lot.

Weis said his customers are generally former smokers who are looking to wean themselves off cigarettes.

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"The whole idea is we are not lighting something on fire, the problem with cigarettes is when you start it on fire you get something called carcinogens," said Weis.

In vaping, Weis said customers use a small device that has flavored liquid mixed with nicotine, which is then warmed up with a heating coil in the device to produce vapor.

None of the liquids Vape Pro's sells are mixed in the store; Weis said they're all regulated and arrive bottled.

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When it comes to flavors, there are many options, with more than 500 options at Vape Pro's store alone.

Weis said problems arise when people buy their liquid products for the e-cigarettes and vape pens online, which is not regulated, or when they mix other substances with the liquid.

Weis said, for that specific reason, Vape Pro's does not sell anything online, which also allows them to check identification to make sure customers are over the age of 18.

Trump to propose ban on flavorings used in e-cigarettes

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified yet as the cause for the recent surge in sickness and deaths reportedly linked to vaping. However, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes amid the outbreak of problems.

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