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The Vaping Epidemic Is Getting Out of Hand

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  • Unlike traditional combustible cigarettes that emit an offensive odor, electronic cigarettes, which are the most popular nicotine product among high school and middle school students, are generally misperceived as being safe and harmless to health
  • Data demonstrates adolescents who vape have a higher potential to begin using traditional cigarettes and may experience neurological changes, increasing their risk for developing addictive behavior as adults
  • Vapors from e-cigarettes are often odorless, but expose bystanders to toxic nicotine, heavy metals, fine particulate matter and formaldehyde
  • Although the FDA banned the sale of e-cigs to anyone under 18, the Trump administration halted enforcement allowing the tobacco industry time to launch an effort to roll back the regulation through legislation and litigation

By Dr. Mercola

There is a certain perceived assurance e-cigarettes (e-cigs) are safe and harmless to your health. Unlike combustible cigarettes, the vapor is often odorless, making it difficult to detect once the e-cig device has been put away. While the number of people smoking traditional cigarettes has been dropping, the number of teens using e-cigs, also known as vaping, has steadily risen. Since 2011, teens have been smoking less and vaping more, and research demonstrates teens who vape may also be more prone to smoke.

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