Hi Brandi! Check out the “Alcohol and Tobacco (Vaping)” group on the groups page – there are some links in there with info PLUS one of the members in there (Libby Thomas) is a complete rockstar when it comes to sharing current info on vaping!
My name is Libby and I am a health educator at the health department. I am also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and have done a great deal of research about vaping. That’s a great question, and one that I get a lot! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes at this time are known to be less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes, however e-cigarettes are NOT known to be safe. It is known that the aerosol produced by e-cigarettes contains harmful substances such as nicotine, heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents. These chemicals can reach deep into our lungs. This can be harmful to the person smoking the e-cigarette, and those aerosols can also linger in the air creating secondhand e-cigarette aerosol that other people can inhale. Especially among youth and adolescents, nicotine is known to negatively impact brain development. Studies have been done to examine whether or not using e-cigarettes helps people quit smoking, and there has been no evidence to show that the use of e-cigarettes helps people quit smoking. In fact, studies suggest that those who use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking eventually practice dual-use. In other words, they do not stop smoking and they continue to vape. I hope I answered your question! Please feel free to use this forum to ask additional questions. We have another group as Sarah mentioned called Alcohol and Tobacco (Vaping) which has great information about this topic. If you are interested in reading more about the topic, I would highly recommend checking out the CDC’s information on vaping: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm
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