electronic cigarette

noun
variants: or e-cigarette \ ˈē-​ˌsi-​gə-​ˈret How to pronounce e-cigarette (audio) , -​ˈsi-​gə-​ˌret \ or less commonly e-cig \ ˈē-​ˌsig How to pronounce e-cig (audio) \

Definition of electronic cigarette

: a battery-operated device that is typically designed to resemble a traditional cigarette and is used to inhale a usually nicotine-containing vapor

Note: Electronic cigarettes contain a liquid solution typically consisting of nicotine, various chemical substances (such as propylene glycol or glycerol), and often flavoring. The solution is heated by the battery producing the aerosol or vapor inhaled by the user.

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When electronic cigarettes first took hold among U.S. teens nearly a decade ago, public-health experts fretted that the slick devices would lure a new generation of kids into tobacco use. Karen Kaplan, The Seattle Times, "Vaping among teens spikes, luring new generation of kids into tobacco use," 18 Dec. 2018 One person was treated for burns after an electronic cigarette exploded inside a backpack on a Pinellas County bus, according to reports. Sarah Nealeigh, miamiherald, "The bus driver noticed smoke — and it was coming from a backpack," 9 Jan. 2018 Today’s paper comes out of the massive, long-term Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, which looks at tobacco and electronic cigarette use across the US. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 But vaping is only less risky than regular cigarettes if people switch completely to electronic cigarettes, the study says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Orlovsky, 18, won second place and $175,000 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search in March for her research on electronic cigarettes. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "She’s a champion science student. But she loves history. What should she do?," 6 May 2018 Philip Morris, which introduced IQOS smoke-free electronic cigarettes first in Japan, has reduced inventory in that country as consumer demand has been below forecasts. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Philip Morris Cuts Sales, Earnings Targets," 19 July 2018 Citing a need to protect the health of children and teenagers, Oak Park trustees have asked the village’s board of health to study possible regulations of electronic cigarettes within the village. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park to study possible regulations of e-cigarettes: 'It's a growing concern'," 17 May 2018 The decline is a result of better understanding about the health risks associated with smoke, cigarette taxes and smoking bans and the recent launch and popularity of electronic cigarettes. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: The small HHS agency detaining migrant kids isn't meant for that task," 20 June 2018

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2003, in the meaning defined above

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electronic cigarette

noun
variants: or e-cigarette \ ˈē-​ˈsi-​gə-​ˌret How to pronounce e-cigarette (audio) \ also e-cig \ ˈē-​ˌsig How to pronounce e-cig (audio) \

Medical Definition of electronic cigarette

: a battery-operated device that is typically designed to resemble a traditional cigarette and is used to inhale nicotine vapor Another new product is the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), a battery-powered device that aerosolizes nicotine for inhalation but does not burn tobacco.— Nancy A. Rigotti, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 17 Oct. 2012 — see vape

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