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Frequently asked questions about e-cigarettes

BfR FAQ, 25 June 2020

The term “e-cigarette” stands for electronic cigarette, which contains a nicotinic fluid – also known as e-liquid – instead of tobacco. During vaping, this liquid is heated and vaporised using a battery-powered heating element. The composition of the liquid, which is contained in a cartridge or a tank, depends on the specific product and therefore varies greatly. Health risks for “vapers” can result from nicotine, other active substances, smoke simulants, additives and possibly impurities. The vapour from e-cigarettes can contain substances which are harmful to health and which can also be inhaled by passive vapers. Very little is currently known about the long-term health effects.

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25.06.2020
BfR FAQs
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24.02.2012
BfR Opinion No. 016/2012
Liquids from e-cigarettes can be detrimental to health 31.1 KB
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07.05.2012
17/2012
E-cigarettes may pose health risks even for passive smokers electronic cigarette

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