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Fact or Fiction: What You Need to Know About Vaping

There isn’t a single doubt that smoking is one of the best habits you can kick. Research suggests that you can undo years of damage when you quit. In recent years, vaping has come out as the newest and trendiest way to do it. However, all of the conflicting information around vaping has our heads spinning. We brought together research from the top organizations to determine: what is fact and what is fiction?

 

  1. Vaping is better for me than traditional cigarettes.

Fact or Fiction- Fiction

It is common for vaping to be used as an alternate to traditional cigarettes with the thought that it is less harmful. However, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, the substance that makes cigarettes addictive. Nicotine bas been shown to harden artery walls, which can lead to a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Additionally, e-cigarettes containing hundreds of harmful substances.

August 2019 marked the outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). Over 2,800 were hospitalized and 28 deaths occurred with this outbreak, according to the CDC. E-cigarettes, or vaping, were found to be associated with most of these EVALI cases. While there remains much to be known about this outbreak, it does give us a hint of the potential catastrophic effects of vaping.

 

  1. Vaping is a safe smoking cessation tool.

Fact or Fiction- Fiction

It is true that vaping is often times used as a tool to help individuals lay off traditional cigarettes. Often times, vaping does success in helping people quit traditional cigarettes. However, there is simply not enough research to suggest that vaping is a safe smoking cessation tool. If you are looking to quit smoking, consider exploring other options such as joining a support group, going cold turkey, and talking to your doctor about additional resources that may be available to you.

 

  1. E-cigarette companies are allowed to advertise.

Fact or Fiction- Fact

Advertising for traditional cigarettes has been banned for over 50 years, according to NPR. However, this ban does not apply to e-cigarettes and unfortunately, the cost of advertising is high. Young adults who see vaping advertisement in retails spaces were twice more likely to start vaping, according to a study in the Journal, Pediatrics.

 

  1. Most people that use e-cigarettes are young.

Fact or Fiction- Fact

Every day, nearly 3,500 youth start vaping, according to the American Heart Association. What is most concerning about this staggering statistic is the effect this has on long term habits. Young adults who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke in the future, according to the CDC.

 

As much remains to be known about e-cigarettes, our providers encourage everyone to tread with caution. We must remember that at one point in time, we did not know traditional cigarettes were harmful. Now, smoking is considered to be the leading cause of preventable deaths, according to the CDC. It will be awhile before we can successfully measure the long-term effect of e-cigarettes. In the meantime, use your healthcare provider as a resource.

 

 

 

 

 

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