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Man exhaling while vaping

Vaping certainly seems like it is everywhere these days. It’s more common to see people vaping than smoking. What exactly is vaping and is it really healthier than smoking? 

Vaping is a newer trend that began in the 2000s and has become popular among teens as well as adults. According to the Center on Addiction, “Vaping is the act of inhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or other similar device”.  Teens are attracted to vaping because of the sleek and easily concealable vape devices as well as the wide variety of vape liquid flavors.   

Nowadays, people understand how toxic cigarettes are and the negative health consequences they contribute to.  As a result, many adults have looked to vaping as a less toxic alternative to cigarettes.  Despite being marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, vaping is not completely free of health consequences. 

While research is still being done to fully understand the health risks associated with vaping, some information about health consequences is already available.  Studies have found that the aerosol produced by vapes contains toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer.  Also, vaping still poses a risk for the development of nicotine dependence as most vape liquids contain the habit forming chemical.  Despite research on the health effects of vaping being in its early stages, the majority of researchers and medical professionals seem to agree that vaping is not without risks.

People concerned about the health effects of vaping should review research about this issue as it continues to be published. Parents of teens should talk with their children about the health effects of vaping and educate themselves about the warning signs their children may be vaping.  Adults who are vaping as a means to stop smoking cigarettes or in place of smoking cigarettes should talk with their healthcare providers about FDA approved methods of smoking cessation.   

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