Are e-cigarettes creating a recycling disaster? As of 2017, there were 565 types of e-cigarette devices on the market in the US, 184 of which were disposable or single-use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vapes harm our environment in numerous ways 1. JUUL cartridges, or pods, are single-use plastic products that often get thrown in the trash 2. E-cigarettes, like JUUL, can leak heavy metals and residual nicotine into the environment 3. Many e-cigarettes contain a battery, which often doesn’t get disposed of properly Secondhand Aerosol Affects more than Just People on Campus E-cigarette aerosol could expose bystanders to harmful substances including: nicotine, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deeply into the lungs.