Vaping

Robert Goode Current Health Topics and Trends in Medicine Leave a comment   ,

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have been around for over ten years. They first appeared in the United States in 2006. The New England Journal of Medicine published an article on 1/22/2015 about the use of e-cigarettes (also known as vaping). Vaping has become very popular with increasing use among teenagers. Their study found that vaping e-cigarette liquid at the highest voltage settings produced formaldehyde, a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent), at 5-15 times higher levels than with regular cigarette use. There are likely other effects from vaping that we do not know about yet. Additional risks may not be known for another 10-15 years as we gather more data from the effects of long-term use. With researchers just starting to evaluate the safety of vaping, I’m sure we will learn more in the months and years to come. It should not be considered a harmless alternative to cigarette smoking although it may be less dangerous. Here is the link to an NBC article that references the New England Journal of Medicine’s study: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/you-vape-high-levels-formaldehyde-hidden-e-cigs-n290826

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