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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes—or e-cigarettes—are battery-operated devices that have cartridges with liquid chemicals in them. Heat from a battery-powered atomizer turns the chemicals into a vapour the user inhales (called vaping). E-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes. Some electronic smoking products look like cigars and pipes. E-cigarettes can be reusable or disposable. Reusable e-cigarettes have cartridges with liquid in them that can either be replaced, or re-filled with e-liquid.