12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Vaping


What is vaping?

Close-up photo of female holding e-cigarette with smoke. Indoors

When e-cigarettes first hit the market in late 2000, they were believed to be a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but now there is evidence to the contrary. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) up to 530 instances of a new lung disease possibly linked to the devices as well as 8 deaths have been reported this week. Vaping, it turns out, is deadly. It’s also addictive. Vaping with a JUUL can be as dangerous as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. When you vape, you inhale liquid (or e-juice) from a cartridge attached to the vaping device. In addition to nicotine, that liquid can contain dozens of other chemical ingredients and flavorings.

Kids and teenagers have been especially attracted to vaping, thanks in part to attractive flavors like bubble gum, mango, and mint. Vape use in high school students rose by 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Quitting vaping can be difficult, just like trying to stop smoking. There are some immediate, though often temporary, negative impacts. The positive ones soon outpace the negative, however. Read on to learn exactly what happens in your body the minute you stop vaping.

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