Written by Dan Radmacher
This article was published in the Summer 2014 print issue of Carilion Clinic Living.
In 2013, sales doubled to $1.7 billion. Across the country, teen use recently doubled as well, with 10 percent of teenagers saying they’ve used e-cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The slim electronic devices, which mimic the look and feel of real cigarettes, use a rechargeable battery to heat a cartridge filled with a liquid containing nicotine. The heat turns the liquid into a vapor that users inhale.