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Vapes

Vapes are electronic devices designed to allow people to inhale nicotine in a vapour. Using a vape is known as vaping. Vapes are also available without nicotine.

Also called:

  • e-cigarettes
  • e-cigs
  • e-hookah
  • e-liquids
  • puff bars
  • vape pens
  • vape pods
  • vape sticks

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Dizzy, headache, nauseous or mildly stimulated, relaxed.
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Effects on your body
Increased blood pressure and heart rate, faster breathing.
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How long it takes to work
Effects peak 5 - 10 minutes after your first puff.
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How long the effects last
The effects last two to three hours after your last puff.
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Common risks
Nicotine makes the heart beat much faster. This can make you feel nauseous/sick the first time you use it. Nicotine is addictive and can be hard to stop using once you’ve started. Vaping is a lot less harmful than smoking but it doesn’t mean it’s harmless.
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Help and advice

What to do in an emergency

If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking, call 999 for an ambulance. Tell the crew everything you know. It could save their life.

What else to do in an emergency