The Safety of Vaping: Understanding the Risks

Is Vaping Bad For You?

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Reviewed by Anju Goel, MD, MPH

Vaping is the use of electronic devices to inhale aerosol produced by heating liquid or “e-juice.” These devices, also known as e-cigarettes, are powered by batteries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 99% of vaping devices contain nicotine. Many people try vaping as a way to quit smoking, and although e-cigarettes contain fewer carcinogens than cigarettes, they are still linked to various health risks. Furthermore, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved vaping as an effective smoking cessation method.

In this article, we will explore the world of vaping, including its potential dangers, side effects, and when you should seek medical assistance.

Understanding the Basics of Vaping

Vaping is the use of electronic devices to heat liquid that is then turned into aerosol and can be inhaled. Vape pens often look like traditional cigarettes, but some resemble everyday objects like USB drives. These devices can be disposable or refillable and are classified as tobacco products by the FDA. In addition to nicotine, the liquid can contain a combination of flavoring and various chemicals, including marijuana.

Vaping vs. Smoking

While vaping contains fewer toxic chemicals than cigarettes, e-cigarette aerosol still contains harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents. Although vaping may seem like a safer alternative to smoking, it can still increase your risk of

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